UPDATED: Monday 26th April at 11.40am England OnlyThe government has confirmed that we'll move to Step 2 on 12th April and gymnastics clubs are able to reopen for certain activities. The below FAQs will apply from 12th April and will be valid until Step 3 begins, which will be no earlier than 17th May. The government will give a week’s notice before each new step comes into force.
The FAQ’s have been updated based on the current guidance available from the UK Government.
Please note the DCMS guidance is continually evolving and is subject to change. Our guidance and FAQ’s will be updated accordingly as more specific information becomes available.
Home Country Support
The below FAQ's have been updated from 8th April in line with guidance for England only. For additional support in the other home countries, please click on the relevant links below.
Northern Ireland - Outdoor activity is permitted from 12th April. For more information, click here.
Scotland - Please visit the Scottish Gymnastics website for further information.
Wales - Please visit the Welsh Gymnastics website for further information.
- 26/04/2021 - Is food and drink allowed to be consumed whilst at the gym?
Current government guidance discourages the use of additional facilities such as changing rooms and encourages time spent inside to be minimal. Therefore, communal areas such as areas used for training breaks should be avoided or used as little as possible. When in use, all necessary precautions should be taken to ensure social distancing is maintained and maximum numbers for the space are not exceeded. Necessary operational changes should be implemented to avoid or minimise the use of areas for example shorter training sessions to avoid the need for longer food and drink breaks. Where this is not possible, clubs will need to update their risk assessment and include appropriate control measures to reduce the risk of transmission in break times such as (but not limited to):12/04/2021 - Are adults allowed to act as trampoline spotters in individual training sessions?
• Encourage people to avoid or minimise time spent in communal areas.
• Consider any additional steps you can take to minimise risk. For example, adjust class timetabling to minimise the use of additional facilities.
• Stagger break times for individuals and/or groups.
• Communicate clearly to gymnasts how they can use the area safely. Ensure that staff and members are aware of the additional risks in these areas, and the need to maintain social distancing at all times.
• Make clear that they must not mix with people outside their household or support bubble.
• Take particular care to clean water fountains, and ensure they are only used to refill personal bottles or containers. Face-to-tap drinking should be prohibited.
• Maximise natural ventilation flows (though opening windows and doors or using air conditioning systems wherever possible) in communal areas, maintaining safety and safeguarding protocols.
• Hand sanitiser should be used before and after all breaks in training.
• Wash or sanitise hands before and after eating
• Food and drink must not be shared, including their containers/bottles.
• Implement regular cleaning and increased hygiene procedures for communal areas.
Facilities that include a shop, café, or provision to sell food and drink, should consult and follow the government guidance on hospitality settings. People using hospitality facilities must adhere to legal gathering limits and wider government guidance.Having trained spotters of suitable size on all sides of a trampoline which are not protected by alternative safety measures is an essential part of trampoline activity. If a club is unable to provide spotters for individual training for over 18’s, then other adults attending the gym may act as spotters if appropriate control measures are adopted. These should be determined by the club’s COVID-19 risk assessment and could include:08/04/2021 - When can indoor sport return?
• Spotters to wear a mask/face covering.
• Setting up equipment appropriately to reduce the number of spotters needed:
• Putting trampolines side by side will reduce the number of spotters required.
• If the trampolines are set up side by side, the coach can act as the spotter on the open side.
• Ensuring spotters are attentive at all times and keeping social interactions to a minimum.
• Having defined entry and exits (on and off) the trampoline which maintain social distancing from spotters/coach.
• Cleaning of high touch areas in between different gymnasts/spotters.
Indoor group sessions for adults are currently not permitted and therefore it is imperative that every effort is made to ensure social distancing is maintained by all individuals including spotters unless in an emergency.The government have confirmed that indoor leisure and sports facilities will be able to reopen for individual exercise, or exercise for households and/or support bubbles from 12th April.08/04/2021 - What is the group size limit for sessions?
Indoor sport is also permitted for:
• supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s (including those who were under 18 on 31 August 2020), this should be limited to 15 participants.
• disability sport
• sports as part of the curriculum in education
Under-18s includes young people who were under 18 on 31 August 2020, even if they turn 18 during the remainder of the academic year.Individual groups should be no larger than a group of 15 gymnasts plus coaches/instructors. British Gymnastics gymnast to coach/teacher ratios and safeguarding policies should be adhered to at all times.08/04/2021 - What’s the definition of an under-18 participant? Can over 18’s and under 18’s train together in the same group?
Multiple groups of 15 are allowed within a venue, if groups are distinct and remain separate with no mixing or joining of groups taking place. Social distancing must be maintained* and the maximum capacity of the venue must not be exceeded. Where possible, coaches/instructors and gymnasts should remain with the same group to reduce the risk of transmission.
*unless following the Team Sport Framework.The exemption for under-18s includes young people who were under 18 on 31 August 2020, even if they turn 18 during the remainder of the academic year.08/04/2021 - Are preschool/adult and toddler sessions allowed to resume?
Those over the age of 18 on 31 August 2020 are considered to be adults. Adults can only take part in gymnastics sessions individually or with members of their household.
The mixing of adults and children within groups is not permitted indoors.Parent and child groups can take place indoors and outdoors with a limit of 15 attendees. Children under five years of age don't count towards the attendee limit.08/04/2021 - Can over 18’s/adults take part in gymnastics indoors?
Structured and coach led adult & toddler style sessions are covered within the DCMS guidance and may proceed if deemed safe to do so following risk assessment and assessment of the capability to adhere to current guidance by all participants. It is recommended that participation be controlled allowing one adult to one child only for direct supervision. Where such sessions are taking place, a risk assessment should be conducted, and subsequent control measures be put in place to meet all relevant hygiene and social distancing guidance. Consideration should be made to enforce advanced bookings only both to ensure venue maximum capacity is not breached and organisations can comply with keeping suitable records for NHS Test and Trace.
Multiple groups of 15 are allowed within a venue, if groups remain separate and no mixing or joining of groups takes place. Social distancing must be in place and the maximum capacity of the venue must not be exceeded. Where possible coaches/instructors and gymnasts should remain with the same group to reduce the risk of transmission.
Indoor play centres, and areas including soft play must remain closed until Step 3 (not before 17th May) of the government’s roadmap, therefore sessions where children under 5 and adults have free movement of the gymnastics space should not take place. These types of drop in/pay and play/free roam sessions do not meet the definition for supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s and therefore are not permitted within Step 2. This also includes ‘free play’ sessions for children of any age.Individual training for adults over the age of 18 is permitted within a gymnastics environment or session if all activities are performed individually i.e. only one person on a piece of apparatus at any one time, individual warmups.08/04/2021 - Can a foam pit be used?
There must be no sharing of equipment, close-contact between gymnasts, or multiple adults on the same piece of apparatus taking turns. Equipment should be cleaned between individual users where possible and regular hand sanitisation in place. A coach/instructor will need to be present in a supervising role or provide coaching on a one-to-one basis subject to there being no close-contact between the coach/instructor and gymnast. The Return to Coach Contact Framework is not permitted for over 18’s.
The session delivery must follow the existing Step Forward Plan guidance for capacity, social distancing, hand sanitisation and increased provision of cleaning of the facility and equipment.
Adult classes can take place at the same time as sessions for under 18’s, however, it is imperative to ensure apparatus is not shared between user groups without appropriate controls (such as the thorough cleaning of equipment and hand sanitisation). Indoor spaces may be zoned to prevent interaction between different user groups. Social distancing must be maintained in all sessions and between all user groups throughout the facility.
No activity under the Team Sport Framework is permitted for over 18’s unless gymnasts come from the same household or support bubble.Following research on the use of foam and the transmission of Covid-19, we have consulted with our Chief Medical Officer and Health and Safety Experts; Agility, regarding the reintroduction of foam pits as it concluded that the risk of Covid transmission in foam was low after one minute. The use of foam pits will now be permitted in line with the guidance.08/04/2021 - Is travel to take part in sport and physical activity allowed?
The ‘Reintroduction of foam pits’ guide provides information on the safe use of pits to help reduce the spread of coronavirus. Gymnastics deliverers wishing to use pitted areas should implement the control measures contained within this guidance in conjunction with their existing risk assessments, cleaning protocols and operational procedures.Travel should be minimised but can take place for the purpose of sport and physical activity. Car sharing, however, isn't permitted with someone from outside your household or your support bubble. Always check that it is safe to travel before you set out to take part in sport or recreation.08/04/2021 - Are spectators permitted at indoor and/or outdoor sessions?Spectators aren't permitted in any indoor or outdoor sport facility, except on public land. When on public land, spectators should adhere to gathering limits in groups of six, or two households.08/04/2021 - Are other facilities able to open such as changing rooms/cafés?
Public land includes:
• parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests
• public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them)
• the grounds of a heritage site
This doesn't apply for people with disabilities, or adults needed to supervise under-18s in a safeguarding role.
Where it's necessary for them to be present, supervising adults shouldn't mix with others from outside their household or support bubble.Changing rooms and shower facilities can be opened, but gymnasts should be encouraged to arrive ready to participate. The use of changing rooms/showers should be avoided or minimised where possible (for example, by arriving in kit and showering at home) and to minimise the time spent in the changing area. Social distancing must be maintained whilst in changing rooms. More than one household can use changing facilities at one time, but they must not mix and must adhere to capacity limits.08/04/2021 - Are clubs required to test their workforce regularly?
Facilities that include a shop, café, or provision to sell food and drink, should consult and follow the government guidance on hospitality settings. People using hospitality facilities must adhere to legal gathering limits and wider government guidance.Coronavirus (COVID-19) workplace testing – Lateral Flow Test (LFD).08/04/2021 - How many people are allowed in the venue at any one time?
The Government wants as many employers as possible to sign up to regularly test their employees. This will reduce the risk of transmission among those who cannot work from home and ensure vital services can continue.
It is a voluntary decision for employers to run testing programmes for their staff. Testing can provide confidence for the workforce, parents and carers and gymnasts, helping to protect and enable business continuity.
It is recommended that employers offer their workforce (who are on-site) access to a minimum of 2 lateral flow tests every week. This will help identify staff who are carrying the virus without displaying symptoms, reducing the risk of transmission. Employees should report every result to NHS Test and Trace on the same day as the test, either online or by calling 119. They should also inform their employers if they test positive.
There are 3 options if clubs decide to use the Lateral Flow Testing:
Option 1 – Employer-led Set up (DIY) - this is for clubs with more than 10 staff, register to order coronavirus tests for your employees here. Clubs have to register before 11:59 12th April 2021 even if their businesses are currently closed. If you do not have a company house number, clubs can be manually added to the system by emailing email@example.com. This is only currently available for businesses registered in England.
Option 2 – Use a Third Party Provider - Employers will need to pay for this service provision, but are still eligible to order the free government testing kits by registering to order workplace coronavirus tests.
Option 3 – Community Testing - If you are an organisation with fewer than 10 staff, a sole trader, self-employed or a member of the general public, visit your local authority’s website to find out more about their testing services.Due to clubs operating in different environments, variances in equipment and sizes, British Gymnastics are unable to define the maximum capacity for clubs. To ensure clubs can operate effectively within their own environments they will need to define the maximum capacity that can reasonably follow social distancing at the venue.08/04/2021 - Can gymnastics activity take place outdoors?
More information can be found in the Capacity, group size and ratios guidance.
Capacity numbers for dedicated facilities:
The maximum occupancy of each indoor facility should be limited by providing a minimum of 100sqft per person, taking into account total indoor and outdoor space, specific venue characteristics such as equipment as well as likely pinch points and busy areas. It should be based on the government requirement for social distancing, the nature of activities (i.e. if the activity is static vs. requiring a range of movement) and equipment layout and the configuration of facilities.
Particular attention should be given to ventilation (see DCMS guidance for more information) and sufficient circulation space specially around equipment and between groups and coaches. Ventilation systems should provide 100% fresh air and not recirculate air from one space to another. It is up to the club to determine how much socially distanced space is provided per gymnast for their activity as long as it does not go under current government guidelines for social distancing.
Clubs will need to conduct a specific risk assessment for each facility and the proposed activities to identify the number of individuals that can reasonably follow social distancing within the facility, taking into account total space, equipment as well as likely constraints (toilets, locker areas, changing rooms and washrooms) and pinch points.
Capacity numbers for non-dedicated facilities:
Clubs who operate within a space that is managed by an external provider e.g. leisure centre/school hall, will need to speak to the venue regarding total capacity available and the capacity available within hired gymnastics space e.g. a badminton court. Clubs will need to take into consideration equipment being used when defining their maximum capacity and conduct a specific risk assessment for the available space and the proposed activities to identify the number of individuals that can reasonably follow social distancing within the space.
If your club (dedicated or non-dedicated) is registered with Ofsted on either the compulsory or voluntary childcare register providing childcare to children aged 5 and under, you no longer have to keep consistent small group sizes and can resume normal group sizes. This applies specifically to those participants aged 5 and under providing those aged 5 and under are restricted from mixing with any children aged 6 and over (for whom DCMS guidance remains applicable) within the childcare setting.From 29th March, outdoor organised sport and physical activity is permitted, including organised outdoor individual and team sport, and outdoor exercise classes as long as it’s undertaken in line with Covid-secure guidance.08/04/2021 - Can disability gymnastics take place?
British Gymnastics endorses activity outdoors for group sessions, gymnastics outdoors will allow you to further connect with your members by coaching face-to-face. Individual groups should be no larger than a group of 15 gymnasts plus coaches/instructors and supervisory adults (multiple distinct separate groups are permitted).
No spectators are permitted. From 12th April, spectators aren't permitted in any indoor or outdoor sport facility, except on public land. When on public land, spectators should adhere to gathering limits in groups of six, or two households. (For more information see the ‘Are spectators permitted at indoor and/or outdoor sessions? FAQ’).
The permissible insured activity is limited to British Gymnastics endorsed programmes:
• Jump into Gymnastics
• Proficiency (specifically those made available during lockdown)
• Activities centred around fitness, conditioning, and flexibility
For a full list of skills permitted outside (including prohibited skills) please see the Online and Outdoor Activity Skills List.
The variables of the environment will determine which skills are appropriate for the session. A thorough risk assessment of the environment and activity should take place before each session, which is clearly communicated with your staff and members. Activity should not include the development of new skills. All skills must be performed individually with social distancing in place unless following the Team Sport Framework and the relevant controls have been adopted as outlined in the action plan. Gymnasts from the same household or support bubble may perform partner work as listed in the Online and Outdoor Activity Skills List.
The Return to Coach Contact Framework is not allowed outdoors and coaches must remain socially distanced from gymnasts. No contact is permitted between coach/instructor and gymnast (unless in an emergency).
Outdoor sessions still require the use of sufficient matting, the approved outdoor activity skills list is based on all outdoor skills taking place on a safely matted surface. Approved hand apparatus (found in the Online and Outdoor Activity Skills List) can be used throughout the session if it is not shared. Regular cleaning of equipment and hand sanitisation must take place as per the club’s Covid-19 Risk Assessment. Large equipment such as bars, mushrooms, trampettes and beams must not be used.
Please see here for further guidance on Outdoor Activity and to download a sample risk assessment.From 29th March, disabled people can take part in organised outdoor and indoor sport.08/04/2021 - What are the regulations for groups who may struggle with adhering to social distancing e.g. preschool participants/participants with certain disabilities?
Gymnastics sessions for disabled people are permitted to run both indoors and outdoors following the existing Step Forward Plan guidance. Sessions can include both children (under 18’s) and adults (over 18’s) and should not have more than 15 gymnasts in a group plus coaches/instructors and any supporting adults. Social distancing should be maintained where possible throughout the session between coaches/instructors and gymnasts (unless following the Return to Coach Contact Framework for indoor sessions), gymnasts and gymnasts and any carers/supporting adults outside of their household or support bubble.
Gymnasts should be encouraged to turn up to sessions ready to take part, however changing facilities can be used by disabled people who are taking part in organised sport and physical activity.
Non-disabled people including, siblings, parents and carers and/or supporting adults are only permitted to take part in the activity where essential support is necessary to enable the gymnast to take part. Spectators are not permitted at indoor or outdoor sessions. From 12th April, spectators aren't permitted in any indoor or outdoor sport facility, except on public land. When on public land, spectators should adhere to gathering limits in groups of six, or two households. (For more information see the ‘Are spectators permitted at indoor and/or outdoor sessions? FAQ’).Social distancing should be maintained between all users of facilities including individuals, groups, teams, teachers, trainers* and coaches/instructors unless users come from the same household or to manage needs on account of a disability when additional mitigation will be essential.08/04/2021 - What guidance do clubs need to follow when running soft play sessions?
*unless following the Team Sport Framework or Return to Coach Contact Framework.
You may need to consider suspending or modifying activities that are not permitted or cannot be undertaken without contravening social distancing guidelines within available facilities. Modifications could include:
Within Preschool sessions, you may require parents or carers take part in the activity. Factor this into your activity, space and equipment planning and ensure that you amend your ratios accordingly to meet the government guidelines for groups.
Gymnasts may require a carer to support them in their sessions. In some cases, this can be in the form of the parent/guardian attending sessions to provide additional support. If this is the case, you must ensure they are considered when planning your activity, the space being used and the impact on your ratios. Please note that carers and parents are not expected to coach, the coach/instructor must ensure that appropriate support is provided through the parent/carer and provide appropriate activities and progressions.
• If carers are within the session, ensure they are also aware of the safety and social distancing measures that you have in place. These would include procedures for safely arriving and leaving the gym and moving around the space.
• Some gymnasts may have a Personal Evacuation Plan in the event of emergencies. Ensure you update this in line with any changes you have made to your venue and procedures.
Things to consider:
We advise that the coach/instructor should outline the session plan and goals in advance with the parent/carer, so that:
• Expectations (from coach, parent/carer and gymnast) are clear.
• The parent/carer feels confident with the activities and the level of support required.
• The parent/carer should be comfortable with this prior to the session, and has the opportunity to check details beforehand.
• The parent/carer is not left in a position of trust with any other gymnasts.
• The parent/carer is not left on their own with any children.
• Physical contact is only with their own daughter/son.
• The parent/carer is included in the maximum capacity numbers in the centre.
The parent/carer is briefed on what is expected and general safety (including that linked to COVID e.g. social distancing). Please ensure this is included in your risk assessment.Indoor play centres, and areas including soft play must remain closed until Step 3 (not before 17th May) of the government’s roadmap, therefore sessions where children under 5 and adults have free movement of the gymnastics space/soft play equipment (dedicated indoor play areas/indoor play frames) should not take place. This also includes ‘free play’ sessions for children of any age.08/04/2021 - Are children’s birthday parties allowed to run?The guidance organisations need to follow will differ depending on the type of child’s party being delivered.08/04/2021 - Is contact allowed within sessions?
It is important to ensure that risk assessments have been carried out and robust control measures are in place to limit the spread of Covid-19. You also need to ensure you can meet the requirements for Test and Trace.
Structured Gymnastics Parties
Structured gymnastics parties (including supervised structured adult and child parties) can continue to run as long as they are following the existing Step Forward Plan and DCMS guidance. All parties must not exceed capacity regulations and ensure social distancing is maintained throughout. Within the party, group sizes must be limited to 15 however, you can have multiple groups of 15 depending on the space available.
In line with current guidance, it is recommended to refrain from singing during parties. Throughout the party, encourage coaches/instructors to avoid raising their voices and be creative when interacting with children. The use of music (at a low volume) is allowed.
You should refrain from allowing a space for non-gymnastics activities (i.e. food/party games*) to be hired. Facilities that include a shop, café, or provision to sell food and drink, should consult and follow the government guidance on hospitality settings.
Attendance by spectators (parents watching the party) and non-participating children at parties is not allowed. Spectators aren't permitted in any indoor or outdoor sport facility, except on public land. When on public land, spectators should adhere to gathering limits in groups of six, or two households. (For more information see the ‘Are spectators permitted at indoor and/or outdoor sessions? FAQ’). Clubs should discourage parents and carers from gathering in groups inside or outside the premises, including before, during and after the party.
Parent and Child (under 5) Gymnastics Parties
Indoor play centres, and areas including soft play must remain closed until Step 3 (not before 17th May) of the government’s roadmap, therefore birthday parties where children under 5 and adults have free movement of the gymnastics space/soft play equipment (dedicated indoor play areas/indoor play frames) should not take place. This also includes ‘free play’ birthday parties for children of any age.
*Social distanced party games e.g. musical statues can be played in the gym as part of the gymnastics activity.The guidance states that social distance regulations must be maintained therefore ‘bubbling’ or close contact is not permitted within groups unless gymnasts are from the same household or clubs are following the Team Sport Framework. The guidance encourages fixed groups to be maintained throughout the session.08/04/2021 - Should coaches/instructors remain with the same group for the whole session or can they rotate?
These groups will be required to remain in their working group for a fixed duration of time, i.e. monthly/half termly/termly. Working within a fixed group will help you to contain any outbreaks within your club. It is recommended that coaches/instructors remain with their fixed group and group sizes cannot exceed more than 15 gymnasts. Please note that even when working in your fixed group, coaches/instructors will need to maintain the current guidelines for social distancing unless following the Return to Coach Contact Framework
For full information please refer to the Team Sport Framework page and Team Sport Framework FAQ’s.
More information can be found in the Return to Coach Contact Framework and FAQs.Where possible coaches/instructors and gymnasts should remain with the same group to limit the risk of transmission.08/04/2021 - Can a coach deliver activities whilst on furlough?
As far as possible, where workers are split into teams or shift groups, they should remain in those groups to limit contact and therefore limit the risk of transmission.Delivering gymnastics activities (Coaches/Employees)08/04/2021 - Are coaches/instructors able to spot/support gymnasts?
You should not carry out any work duties, whilst on furlough, this includes planning or delivering any outdoor, indoor or online (live or pre-recorded) gymnastics activities or sessions. Please contact your employer for clarification if you are unsure as to whether this affects you or refer to the government guidance.
Delivering gymnastics activities (Employers)
If you are planning to deliver outdoor, indoor and/or online (live or pre-recorded) activity sessions, and your staff are furloughed it is very important to review the government information about furlough to ensure you are working in line with the regulations. Coaches on furlough cannot provide a service or volunteer to provide a service for your organisation or those linked to your organisation.Coaches/instructors and gymnasts who have chosen to opt-in to the Return to Coach Contact Framework and follow the action plan and associated control measures may spot/support gymnasts as per Phase One.08/04/2021 - Should coaches/instructors wear Face Masks/PPE throughout their session? If coaches/instructors are wearing PPE can they support gymnasts?
As stated in the action plan, clubs need to have operated under the appropriate social distancing controls for two weeks before implementing any coach contact.
Social distancing must be adhered to at all times where no coach contact or manual support is required.
More information can be found in the Return to Coach Contact Framework and FAQs.The DCMS guidance does not make it compulsory for coaches/instructors to wear a mask/face covering when coaching a session, however coaches/instructors who have opted into the Return to Coach Contact activity must wear a face covering whilst undergoing coach contact activities including manually supporting gymnasts. The mask/face covering should remain on and not be removed until a 2m distance is in place between the coach/instructor and gymnast.08/04/2021 - Should gymnasts wear face masks/PPE during their sessions?
Social distancing must be adhered to at all times where no coach contact or manual support is required even whilst wearing PPE.
More information on Face Coverings can be found here.Both British Gymnastics and the government do not recommend the use of masks/face coverings during sports activities. All forms of face coverings may restrict breathing efficiency and should not be used during exercise except on specific advice from a physician.08/04/2021 - Can gymnasts work in pairs and or groups?
Gymnasts can wear masks whilst not on apparatus, between time on apparatus, if they so wish, but masks should not be worn whilst on equipment or performing any form of gymnastics elements, including warm ups/cool downs.
More information of Face Coverings can be found here.For any disciplines that require close contact or teamwork elements within their training, for example; Acrobatics, Rhythmic groups, TeamGym, Aerobics pairs and groups, and Festival groups the British Gymnastics Team Sport Framework has now been approved by the DCMS and identified disciplines and activities can resume in a safe and controlled environment where clubs and delivery providers adopt all controls as outlined within the British Gymnastics Team Sport Framework Action Plan. For full information please refer to the Team Sport Framework page and Team Sport Framework FAQ’s.08/04/2021 - Can gymnasts share hand-held equipment (e.g. hoops/bean bags), personal equipment (e.g. handguards) and/or chalk?
Social distancing within individual activities and all other disciplines must be adhered to at all times where no contact is permitted between coaches/instructors and gymnasts*, or gymnasts and gymnasts until the relevant government remove/review social distancing measures.
*unless following the Return to Coach Contact Framework.
No activity under the Team Sport Framework is permitted for over 18’s unless gymnasts come from the same household or support bubble.It is recommended that personal equipment e.g. chalk/hand guards/gloves & loops are taken home after each session and not left in the gym due to the risk of transmission. Hand equipment and personal equipment must not be shared. Each gymnast must have their own equipment (rhythmic apparatus, handguards, gloves and loops, conditioning aids including ankle weights, elastic bands, rollers etc). Gymnasts should refrain from spitting on their hand guards and should use their own water spray.08/04/2021 - How often should equipment be cleaned?
Clubs should carefully review their use of hand equipment and toys (preschool/recreational sessions) with the associated cleaning needs and risks according to the materials they are made of and any cleaning related instructions. Activities should prioritise apparatus free activities or activities with wooden or plastic equipment (plastic balls instead of beanbags, or balloons, or wooden/plastic blocks).
British Gymnastics recommends that communal chalk bowls be removed, and gymnasts should use their own chalk, in a clearly labelled container and not share the chalk with anybody else. This chalk should be kept in their possession and not left in the gym. If you wish to remove chalk from your sessions, you should follow the guidelines as set out by British Gymnastics cleaning schedule. You would need to satisfy yourself that if you remove the use of chalk, gymnasts can still safely carry out the activity or find an alternative product.
The use of hand apparatus under the Team Sport Framework
For clubs that are following the Team Sport Framework Action Plan for the identified disciplines and activities the below applies:
• Where hand-held equipment needs to be transferred for skill development or routine completion, clubs should ensure that the equipment is sanitised frequently and not shared between different groups.
• Gymnasts should wash or sanitise their hands regularly when sharing equipment in permitted activities.
• The use of props within festival/display groups should be avoided unless allocated specifically to individuals and not shared between or touched by multiple users.
• Gymnasts and coaches/instructors should be discouraged to touch their face, mouth, nose or eyes and practice good hand hygiene.
For full information please refer to the Team Sport Framework page and Team Sport Framework FAQ’s.
No activity under the Team Sport Framework is permitted for over 18’s unless gymnasts come from the same household or support bubble.The assessment of cleaning needs and frequency of cleaning for each gym area and the equipment within remains the club’s individual responsibility based on users, cleaning policy and equipment being used. Cleaning practices must follow the user instructions and the cleaning product directions. Cleaning requirements should be included in the risk assessment.08/04/2021 - How often should hand sanitisation take place?
Hand sanitisation and stopping those with symptoms entering the venue are important measures to help reduce the risk of transmission.
More information is available in the cleaning guidance.It is good practice to have hand sanitizing stations around the gym so that gymnasts and coaches/instructors can keep up good hand hygiene. The number of stations is dependent on the size of your facility and should be assessed within your risk assessment. In smaller facilities, it may be only necessary to have hand sanitizing stations at entry and exit points. Where possible, gymnasts should use their own hand sanitiser.08/04/2021 - Should participants also be washing their feet before, during, after sessions?It is good practice for gymnasts to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer on a regular basis throughout the session. This can be before and after using equipment. Feet do not carry the same level of risk as hands, so foot hygiene is not as necessary as hand hygiene. However, it may be good practice to wear gym shoes or suitable foot coverings as long as they can be washed between each session. The footwear should be appropriate for training.08/04/2021 - Is it a requirement to have a COVID-19 Officer?Each club should have a competent person who is responsible for ensuring there are measures in place to mitigate the risk of Covid-19 within the club. This person could be your director, head coach, welfare officer or a dedicated person within the gym. They do not need to be a Covid-19 officer, they should be responsible for ensuring the risk assessment is carried out and the control measures are in place and being adhered to.08/04/2021 - Can online sessions continue to run?British Gymnastics Membership includes access to, and fully comprehensive, insurance for British Gymnastics endorsed activity at home and virtual activities based around fitness, conditioning and flexibility.08/04/2021 - Do gymnasts need British Gymnastics membership to take part in online activity sessions?
For information on how to manage and deliver online floor-based activities safely at home please consult the Online activity session guidance.
The Online and Outdoor Activity Skills List outlines approved and prohibited skills for gymnasts at home. The permissible insured ‘at home’ activity is limited to British Gymnastics endorsed programmes:
• Jump into Gymnastics
• Core Proficiency Awards (specifically those made available during lockdown)
• Activities centred around fitness, conditioning, and flexibility
When planning your at home sessions and choosing activities and/or skills, please consult the Online Activity Skills List to ensure your delivery is in line with the following categories:
• Parent or Carer supervised training
• Online live supervised sessions
• Online live supervised sessions with competency
#GymnastsatHome activity can be found here.All gymnasts must be British Gymnastics registered members to take part in online activity sessions. Those joining the club for the first time are entitled to two free taster sessions and should take out British Gymnastics membership thereafter.08/04/2021 - What to do if someone contracts COVID-19?Templates and resources including a flow chart on what to do if a suspected or positive case is reported at your club and information on how to record this is available in the Step Forward People Guide.08/04/2021 - Should clubs use thermometers to temperature test?
Anybody displaying symptoms or anybody who has been in contact with an infected person, should be advised not to return to the gym until they have been tested and followed the guidance set out by the NHS.
If there is more than one case, this should be reported to your local public health service as a suspected outbreak.Currently, temperature checking/use of thermometers is not a legal requirement but is an additional control measure to reduce the risk of transmission within the venue. Clubs may want to include as part of their control measures as a result of their risk assessment whilst taking the following into account:08/04/2021 - What are the requirements relating to ventilation?
• Take temperature prior to entry to the venue, be aware that a person’s temperature may be slightly elevated as they get to the vicinity depending on how they got there, i.e. cycle, walked a distance etc.
• Test both adults and children - a temperature of above 37.9 degrees is a high temperature.
Remember that temperature checking is not a way to prevent the coronavirus but may alert personnel on site that someone is displaying symptoms (elevated temperature).
Ensure a process is put in place if symptoms are displayed and this is communicated with your members. British Gymnastics recommends that anyone displaying any symptoms should not enter the venue.Many clubs are concerned about how to keep their gymnasts, coaches, and staff members at a suitable temperature whilst trying to balance the benefits of an increased source of natural ventilation to help minimise the spread of Covid-19.08/04/2021 - What guidance do clubs need to follow?
Further guidance on the use of heaters and ventilation systems is available within the CIBSE COVID-19 Ventilation Guidance which outlines the importance of increasing the ventilation rate as much as reasonably possible, limiting recirculation of air and maintaining a safe and comfortable temperature for the occupants.
Prior to use, we would encourage risk assessing the use of any ventilation and heating systems to ensure that the environment is suitable for the activities being performed. Heating systems may be required to keep your working environment within a safe temperature range and should be used where necessary.
We would encourage club managers to consider the following points within risk assessment:
• Could you set timers on fan assisted heating systems to heat up any areas prior to gymnasts being in attendance and training taking place (to minimise the use of heating systems during sessions)?
• How can you provide a source of fresh air ventilation before, during and between training sessions?
• Can you maintain a source of fresh air ventilation by opening a window or door (as this is the most effective known method of clearing microdroplet airborne particles created when someone coughs, sneezes or shouts)?
• What are the manufacturers guidelines on the best use of the heating or ventilation system to prevent the spread of Covid-19?
• Can air conditioning systems be adjusted to ensure a fresh air supply?
• Have you (in the absence of known ventilation rates), considered a carbon dioxide sensor to be used as a surrogate indicator to switch on additional mechanical ventilation or open windows.
If making any changes that could have an impact on your risk assessment, consider how to minimise further risks, such as leaving the door open which makes the floor wet and potentially slippery. Ensure to record new actions and processes and communicate these to effectively to your team and members.
Health and Safety legislation indicates that an employer must maintain a reasonable temperature in a workplace. There is a minimum temperature of 16°C (or 13°C if the work involves considerable physical activity).
We encourage clubs to familiarise themselves with section 5 of the Working Safely during Coronavirus Covid-19 guidance which specifically covers ventilation
If you need any further bespoke advice, please contact Agility Risk and Compliance for further support; Tel: 01527 571612 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.With guidance constantly changing and evolving, it is important that clubs seek up-to-date guidance from national government and local authorities to ensure compliance with Covid-19 regulations.08/04/2021 - What are the clubs’ responsibilities under the Test and Trace system?
DCMS - People who work in grass roots sport and gym/leisure facilities
Gymnastics clubs should follow the guidance issued for 'people who work in grass roots sport and gym/leisure facilities' by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). This contains all the relevant information to resume gymnastics activity safely. Within this guidance, reference is made to the guidance for 'Protective measures for out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak' issued by the Department for Education (DfE). This makes specific reference to children taking part in indoor group activity and the group sizes stated are applicable to gymnastics clubs. Clubs offering gymnastics specific out of school provision and holiday clubs can do so without being Ofsted registered providing the children are aged 6 and above.
DfE - Protective measures for out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
NHS QR code poster:
It is now a legal requirement for all venues in England to display the official NHS QR code poster.
For clubs in hired venues, it is our understanding that it is the responsibility of the venue operator to display the NHS QR code, and you must liaise with them.
For clubs operating in their own venues, please visit the government coronavirus guidance website to register your details and create a specific NHS QR code poster for your facility.