An Active City for All; our outdoor spaces and places

From Thursday 5 November, you should only leave your home for a limited set of reasons, including for education, work (if you cannot work from home) and for exercise and recreation activities.

Therefore, to ensure the safety of everyone, all Westminster leisure centres, outdoor football pitches, hockey pitches, cricket nets, cricket wicket and tennis courts are now closed in line with government guidelines.

Other exceptions and further guidance are detailed online, however, you should minimise time spent outside your home and, when around other people, ensure that you remember hands, face, space.

Staying active is vital to everyone’s physical and mental wellbeing. Therefore, in-line with current Government guidance, all our parks and open spaces will remain open, along with communal recreation facilities across the City, such as our multi-use games areas (MUGAs). 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 following the ‘rule of one’ from Thursday 5 November, where you may meet one person from another household for outdoor exercise and recreation. Exceptions to this rule include:

  • Meeting with people from your support bubble
  • Children under school age and those dependent on round-the clock care (such as those with disabilities) who are with their parents do not count towards the limit on two people meeting outside.

You should look to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible and, where possible, travel to amenities that are open by walking or cycling.

In the meantime, 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 5 Nov 2020

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.