Latest outdoor sport and physical activity guidance

Latest outdoor sport and physical activity guidance

The Scottish Government updated the official guidance for exercise and activity on 28 June.

This guidance allows for participation in a wider range of outdoor non-contact sports within your local area (broadly 5 miles). During participation you should ensure you are applying physical distancing and good hygiene rules and following all other Scottish Government COVID-19 guidance. We have published a Coronavirus (COVID 19) & Sport FAQ.

A guide has been developed to enable Scottish Governing Bodies of Sport to develop sport-specific guidance for the Phase 2 Extension to Exercise, Outdoor Sports.

You should follow the latest sport-specific guidance as published below.

Return to performance sport guidance


sportscotland and the Active Scotland Division have been working with partners to develop guidance, appropriate to Scotland, which continues to follow the route-map through and out of the COVID-19 pandemic. This included the publication of Phase 1 Resumption of Performance Sport guidance earlier this month, which allowed for an initial return to professional/performance sport for athletes, coaches and support staff. At the time we said we would continue to work with partners across the system to produce further guidance, as appropriate and when safe to do so, and approval has now been given for the next phases of the Resumption of Performance Sport guidance.

 This latest guidance will further help support the return of competitive sport. It allows for individual indoor training for professional/performance athletes, with appropriate safety protocols, and also for small groups of athletes/staff to interact with closer contact outdoors. This can include close quarters coaching and tackling in team sports but this will be introduced in a phased approach.These measures, and those announced earlier this month, are very positive steps forward for the sport sector as we seek to rebuild our systems at all levels. We will continue to work with SGBs to advance our plans over the coming weeks.


Phase 2 Resumption of Performance Sport Guidance

Resumption of Performance Sport Step 1B Non-contact, indoor training

Resumption of Performance Sport Step 2A Close-contact, outdoor training


Resumption of Performance Sport (step 1A) Guidance

Resumption of Performance Sport (step 1A) Guidance Appendix


Date published: 27 May 2020
Date updated: 09 July 2020


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