THE Latest coronavirus rules state that social gatherings of more than six people are now illegal and may result in fines.

But how does that affect those of us who want to go outdoors, get some exercise, and take part in sports? Here are some guidelines to follow. 

Am I allowed to exercise with people from outside my household?

Yes, but only with up to five people. This also includes people within support bubbles. Gatherings of more than six are not allowed unless this is essential for work purposes.

You should still be keeping a distance of 2m between people from different households, or 1m, where 2m is not possible.

Where can I exercise outside?

Outdoor sports courts, outdoor gyms, outdoor swimming pools and playgrounds and other outdoor sporting activities are now allowed to reopen, provided those responsible can open them safely following Covid secure guidelines.

Where possible, it’s recommended that you limit the sharing of sports equipment, for example, you should use your own tennis racquet, golf club or basketball, but if you do, practise strict hand hygiene.

If you are sharing equipment, including balls, you should wash your hands thoroughly before and after use.

What about people aged 70 or over?

Although you can meet people outdoors and indoors, people should be careful and diligent about social distancing and hand hygiene.

Clinically vulnerable groups (such as people 70 or over), could be at higher risk of serious illness from coronavirus.

Can I still see my personal trainer?

Yes, personal training or coaching is permitted outside, as long as the social distancing guidelines are followed and provided no more than six people from different households are gathering.

Parents can also take their children to a coaching or training session, as long as the gathering does not exceed six people from different households.

Will changing rooms be open at facilities and can I take a shower?

It’s best to avoid using changing rooms. They are an area of increased risk of transmission. It is important that social distancing is maintained in changing rooms and showers and that they are only used if essential. All venues should encourage attendees to arrive at the facility in sports kit and where possible to travel home to change/shower. 

Am I allowed to take part in water sports?

All forms of water sports practised on open waterways, including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, surfing, paddle-boarding, and the use of motorised craft are allowed provided that the guidance on social distancing is observed.