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Coronavirus (COVID-19): organised activities for children

Published: 7 Dec 2020
Last updated: 19 Jul 2021 - see all updates

Guidance for the safe running of organised activities for children and young people.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): organised activities for children


This guidance is under review and will be updated to reflect the current situation.


This guidance is for organised unregulated activities and services provided indoors and outdoors for children and young people under 18 years, including babies and toddlers, by voluntary, third sector, parent / peer led or unregulated providersIt includes activities where parent/carers are present during the session to facilitate child interaction. It has been updated in line with the guidance on physical distancing and what is permitted at Level 0. No indoor organised activities are permitted at Level 4.

We have published COVID-19 response strategy will change in light of conditions and what a move beyond Level 0 will look like.

This guidance is not for regulated childcare settings which are registered with the Care Inspectorate or other registration body. Those services should consult guidance for early learning and childcareschool age childcarefully outdoor or childminding services.

Read the guidance for group work or education for antenatal or postnatal care that is delivered within a health or care setting.

It sets out our expectations for organisations and individuals that do not fall within the sectors that guidance is currently available for.

Organisations and service providers need to consider mitigations to ensure workplaces are as safe as possible and the risk of virus transmission is minimised for both paid staff and volunteers. 

Because of the complexity of this landscape of activity, it is not possible  to disaggregate types of activity into particular sub-sectors. The venues, size, age ranges and type of activity vary even within specific types of activity. 

Club sizes may range from very small clubs with a handful of children and 1 adult to much larger groups with children attending from multiple primary and secondary schools within a community and across a wide range of ages.

It will be up to each organisation or individual to assess whether this guidance applies to their activity and what additional guidance they may need to refer to, to ensure that activity is of sufficiently low risk to undertake at this time. This should be done after carrying out relevant risk assessments and reference to the most up to date guidance.

Where the activity you deliver is related to a private business, such as a private tutor, then the regulations for businesses must be read in conjunction with this guidance. COVID-19 guidance on small and micro businesses.

Where an activity is classed as youth work, COVID-19 guidance on youthwork has been developed.

Where we are now

No indoor organised activities for children covered by this guidance are permitted at Level 4, but they can continue outdoors at that time.

Other sector specific guidance

First published: 7 Dec 2020 Last updated: 19 Jul 2021 -