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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Phase 1: staying at home and away from others (physical distancing)

Rules on staying at home and away from others to help protect the NHS and save lives.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Phase 1: staying at home and away from others (physical distancing)
Exercise and activity

Exercise and activity

Meeting outdoors with members of more than 1 other household at a time for outdoor exercise or activity is not permitted.

This means that events such as organised races, walking club trips and cycle club rides that would involve people from more than two households are not permitted.

If meeting people from another household, you should meet only in small groups - no more than 8 people in total at a time, and you should not meet people from more than 1 other household each day. 

Exercise and non-contact outdoor leisure activities can include:

  • angling
  • archery
  • athletics – running/jogging
  • croquet
  • cycling
  • equestrian - horse riding
  • golf
  • lawn bowls
  • tennis (outdoor)
  • walking
  • water sports

This is not an exhaustive list. Nor does it mean that taking part in one of the activities listed will always be safe.

You should use judgement and take part in any activity only if you can do so safely, maintaining physical distancing and not putting yourself or others at risk.

It is important to plan in advance and not take unnecessary risks that may result in the need for medical care or emergency services support.

Participants are advised to consult the safety guidance for each individual activity prior to taking part. This can be found on the sportscotland website.

When participating in outdoors activity avoid touching surfaces with your hands, sharing equipment and touching your mouth and face. Please follow advice on the NHS Inform website about hygiene and wash your hands as soon as you get home.

Travel for exercise and recreation

See the guidance covering travel in the section: Meeting others outdoors.

Personal training/coaching

One on one personal training or coaching is permitted if it is outdoors, physical distancing can be maintained, and is with members of your household and/or members of 1 other household. A coach or personal trainer should not deliver training to more than 1 household at any one time or provide training to more than 1 household per day. When participating in training or coaching, where possible, avoid touching surfaces and sharing equipment and touching your mouth and face.


Indoor sport facilities must remain closed at this time.

Play parks must also remain closed due to the increased risk of transmission via surfaces such as playground equipment.

Unmanned, open facilities such as outdoor skate parks or cycle pump tracks can be used, with strict physical distancing in place.