Tier 4 restrictions and physical activity

Wednesday 30th December 2020

Following the government announcement on 30th December 2020, Staffordshire will now move in to tier 4 restrictions in order to tackle the sharp rise in COVID-19 infections in the area.

This does mean there are changes to what is and isn’t allowed in relation to physical activity.

To check your tier, enter your postcode here.


Current regulations


  • People can exercise outdoors or visit some public outdoor places, such as parks, the countryside, public gardens or outdoor sports facilities. They can continue to do unlimited exercise alone, or in a public outdoor place with their household, support bubble, or one other person.


  • Outdoor sports facilities are allowed to open and can be used by individual households, bubbles or two people from different households. This applies to outdoor sports courts, outdoor gyms, golf courses, outdoor swimming pools, archery/driving/shooting ranges, riding centres and playgrounds.


  • Organised outdoor sport for under-18s (including those who were under 18 on 31 August 2020) and disabled people is allowed.


  • Indoor sport is allowed for under-18s for educational purposes or to facilitate childcare that enables parents or carers to work, seek work or take part in education.


  • Adult sport can’t take place indoors under any circumstances, with gyms and swimming pools having to close.


  • There are no exceptions for disabled people taking part in sport or physical activity indoors.


Please be aware that the advice is subject to review depending on how the situation develops.


For the latest updates, please visit Sport England’s FAQs. 


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