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Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you can and cannot do

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you can and cannot do
Sport, culture and leisure

Sport, culture and leisure


Sports and leisure facilities such as gyms, swimming pools, skating rinks and dance studios can re-open, with physical distancing and enhanced hygiene.

Sports and activities

Children under 11 can play organised contact sport both indoors and outdoors.

Organised outdoor contact sports such as rugby can re-start for people of all ages. For outdoor coaching sessions, there is a limit of 30 on the total number of people who can be coached at any one time.

When in an indoor facility, those aged 12 and over should only participate in organised non-contact sport and should maintain physical distancing. 

All organised sports and activities must follow specific rules and guidance of relevant sport governing bodies, local authorities or businesses who in turn have fully applied related Scottish Government and sportscotland guidance.

Professional sport

Professional football, rugby and racing can take place behind closed doors, with suitable health protection measures in place.

Outdoor live events

Some outdoor live events can go ahead - with physical distancing, enhanced hygiene and restricted numbers.

Live drive-in events can take place.

Theatres and live music venues

These venues cannot yet re-open.

Other leisure venues

Bingo halls, casinos, funfairs, amusement arcades and bowling alleys can re-open.

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First published: 14 Sep 2020 Last updated: 14 Sep 2020 -