COVID-19 route map correspondence of non-contact and contact sport: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

1. A definition or definitions of “contact” and “non-contact” sport, as defined for the purpose of Covid-19 routemap or strategic framework.

2. A list of all “contact” and “non contact” sports, as defined for the purpose of Covid-19 routemap or strategic framework.

3. A copy of all Covid-19 related correspondence between the Scottish Government and sportscotland and the following sports governing bodies:

  • Scottish Golf
  • Scottish Tennis / Lawn Tennis Association
  • Royal Yachting Association Scotland / Royal Yachting Association
  • Scottish Swimming / British Swimming


1. Contact sport is defined in Section 2(1) of the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 as follows:

“contact sport” means a sport or activity during which the participants - 

a) are required to make physical contact with each other, or
b) do not generally maintain a distance of two metres from each other, but does not include a sport or activity in which the participants are wholly or mainly professional sportspersons. 

2. Sportscotland have published a list of contact and non-contact sports for the purposes of their COVID-19 guidance. This can be found here:

3. Attached is a copy of the correspondence requested. 

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