Covid-19 Energize Update Situation from 5th January 2021 Updated: 7th January 2021 On Monday 4 January, the Prime Minister announced a new national lockdown to counter the steep rise in coronavirus (Covid-19) infections in England. The new restrictions became law on Wednesday 6 January. Since then Sport England has worked closely with the government to provide comprehensive guidance to the physical activity and sport sector. The Sport England Frequently Asked Questions on the national lockdown restrictions can be found here An overview of the restrictions People should minimise time spent outside their home. It’s against the law to meet socially with family or friends unless they are part of an individual’s household or support bubble. People can only leave their home to exercise, and not for the purpose of recreation or leisure, and can do so with one person from outside their household. This should be limited to once per day, and individuals should not travel outside their local area. When around other people, individuals should stay two metres apart from anyone not in their household - meaning the people they live with - or their support bubble. Where this isn’t possible, they should stay one metre apart with extra precautions (such as wearing a face covering). Indoor gyms and sports facilities will remain closed. Outdoor sports courts, outdoor gyms, golf courses, outdoor swimming pools, archery/driving/shooting ranges and riding arenas must also close. Organised outdoor sport for disabled people is allowed to continue. Energize continues to work in a flexible way to… Support and work with stakeholders to enable local people (especially those who may be vulnerable and isolated) to stay healthy and active during this time. For example we are currently open for applications for the Sport England Tackling Inequalities Fund. All the information on this is here. Details of other activities we are involved in are listed in the ‘What We Do’ section of our website. Support the sport and physical activity sector – clubs, community groups and the sport and physical activity workforce. Look after our own Energize staff and ensure our working practices remain safe and effective. We continue to work from home so if you need to contact us all our contact details are here Please look after yourselves. Best wishes from all the Energize team.