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Coronavirus (COVID-19): sport and leisure facilities

Guidance for indoor and outdoor sport and leisure facilities.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): sport and leisure facilities
Training and compliance

Training and compliance

As a minimum we expect:

  • training around processes and working environment expectations to be provided for all workers before restarting work
  • employers and facility operators to establish measures, in collaboration with trade union or workforce representatives to monitor compliance with relevant regulations and processes put in place to enable a safe return to work.

Every workplace should look and feel substantially different for workers. Physical distancing and enhanced hygiene will change how workplaces operate. Training will therefore be essential to build a common understanding of requirements within the new working norm, instilling confidence that changes put in place contribute to a safe workplace.  

Employers and facility operators should also put in place robust local arrangements to monitor compliance with new operational arrangements. This should be done with trade union or workforce representatives. Remedial actions should flow from that monitoring, and be augmented by advice, guidance and support from external enforcement authorities.

Under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSWA), your Local Authority Environmental Health Service [HSE] will usually be the relevant enforcing authority for how you control the risk of coronavirus in the sport and leisure sector. In some cases, it may be HSE or the Local Authority Environmental Health Services but, in any case, enforcing authorities will apply the same requirements. HSE can be contacted by phone on 0300 003 1647 or online at HSE contact form.


First published: 30 Oct 2020 Last updated: 19 Jul 2021 -