An Active City for All; our outdoor spaces and places

Due to the current nature of the COVID-19 situation nationally, on Monday 4 January 2021 the government announced on that England is to enter a national lockdown from Tuesday 5 January 2021 until further notice.

Coronavirus cases are rising rapidly and you should not leave your home unless necessary. Therefore, in line with the new guidance, all our indoor leisure facilities including gyms, swimming pools, group exercise studios and indoor courts have been instructed to close until further notice. Additionally, outdoor sports venues have also been instructed to close, including all sports courts and pitches.

You can find the full list of restrictions online, but for now you should only go outside for exercise once per day;

  • within in your local area
  • by yourself or with 1 other person not in your household
  • with the people from within your household
  • with your support bubble, if you are legally permitted to form one
  • in a childcare bubble, when providing childcare.

Staying active is vital to everyone’s physical and mental wellbeing. Therefore, in line with current Government guidelines all our parks, open spaces and playgrounds will remain open. You can find details on our parks and open spaces here.

Please help us to help you and others stay active and maintain an Active City for All by remembering hands -face-space whenever you are outdoors.

There are loads of great ways you can get and stay active at home or out in your garden, if you have one, including ideas to help everyone stay active on our activity finder, the Sport England website or search #StayInWorkOut on social media.

We will continue to keep this situation under constant review. You can find information about coronavirus (COVID-19) including what you can do to protect yourself, and the impact of the disease on our services on the main Council website.

For general information and support as a London-based activity provider, please visit the London Sport COVID-19 page.


Published 27 March 2020

Last updated 7 Jan 2021

7 January 2021 updated Govt. advice following implementation of national lockdown

20 December 2020 updated Govt. advice to reflect new tier designation.

5 November 2020 updated advice on temporary lockdown measures and facility closures.

3 November 2020 updated advice current tier advice and upcoming closures.

9 September 2020 Updated guidance on meeting other people.

20 July 2020 updated in-line with latest Govt. guidance.

11 July 2020 updated in-line with latest Govt. guidance.

04 July 2020 updated in-line with latest Govt. guidance.

01 June 2020 updated in-line with latest Govt. guidance.

12 May 2020 Updated in-line with latest Govt. guidance.

3 April 2020 Additional guidance on dog walking added.

27 March 2020 First published.