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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on sport and leisure facilities

Guidance for the opening of indoor and outdoor sport and leisure facilities with physical distancing and hygiene measures.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on sport and leisure facilities
Operational guide and checklist

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Operational guide and checklist

We want to provide support to facility operators of sport and leisure facilities to help them plan and prepare for the when activity can resume.  We have developed an operational checklist that we recommend operators follow to ensure the health and safety of workers and participants is protected.

As a minimum we expect:

  • enhanced health and safety measures to be in place before staff are asked to return to work and participants enter facilities, including physical distancing guidance and hygiene measures
  • safe travel to work arrangements for employees to be considered as part of a risk assessment, with any relevant adjustments adopted

The operational checklist provides a comprehensive list of considerations and actions that operators should take to ensure enhanced hygiene, health and safety measures and physical distancing guidance are in place to create a safe environment for staff and participants. The checklist should be read in conjunction with specific facility operational guides which will be available on the sportscotland website at Getting your facility fit for sport from 20 August 2020.

Enhanced hygiene

Enhanced hygiene measures should be a key plank of measures to create a safe environment, including for example:

  • using signage to build awareness of: good handwashing technique; and the need to increase handwashing frequency, avoid touching your face, cough or sneeze into a tissue which is binned safely, or into your arm if a tissue is not available and perform hand hygiene after this
  • sanitiser and hand-washing facilities at key points, including on entry and exit points
  • additional sanitiser and handwash facilities at communal areas
  • minimising the use of touchpoints throughout buildings, including exploring where possible how digital processes or systems may replace the need for face-to-face discussion 
  • ensure regular detergent cleaning schedules and procedures are in place, using a product which is active against bacteria and viruses, including considering how often and where deep cleans may be required
  • setting clear use and cleaning guidance for toilets to ensure they are kept clean and physical distancing is achieved where possible - Scottish Government has published guidance on opening public and customer toilets.

Physical distancing

Physical distancing is the other key plank of workplace-specific measures to crease a safe working environment. Factors employers and facility operators will want to consider include:

  • facility layout and signage with clear marking of two metre boundaries around the facility and signage which reinforces expectations of employees at relevant points (as English may not be the first language for everyone, companies should consider how best to use visual material to reinforce messages)
  • limiting access to parts of the facility required by an individual to do their job as this will limit the chances for interaction with others
  • staggering entry and exit times to prevent bottlenecks arising as people arrive or leave
  • staggering break times and adjusting canteen arrangements to reduce opportunities for larger numbers of staff to interact on a face to face basis
  • splitting the workforce into specific teams to avoid cross-team contamination and provide a level of operational resilience in case someone in one team develops COVID-19 symptoms
  • considering opportunities to introduce additional technology support and systems to assist in managing the safe working practices and in particular physical distancing

First published: 30 Oct 2020 Last updated: 15 Dec 2020 -