Current Government guidelines re: skateparks from Skateboard England. (I.e Rom is closed…again !)
The UK Government has confirmed the requirement of the increased national lockdown in England is designed to suppress the spread of Covid-19, save lives and protect the NHS.
Sadly, all indoor and outdoor skateparks in England have been ordered to close from Thursday 5th November 2020 by the Government, following Parliamentary approval of a four-week national lockdown.
Skateboard England and Skateboard GB have sought guidance from and argued the case for exemptions from the Government for skateboarding, due to the ability to take part, while social distancing. Unfortunately, the increased national lockdown measures will force the closure of all indoor and outdoor skateparks.
We know this is hugely disappointing news but we must all pull together as a community and continue to follow the Government guidance to keep ourselves and each other safe.
Summary of the COVID lockdown measures which effect skateboarding:
– Outdoor skateboarding should only take place on your own, with household members or with one other person.
– Sport and leisure venues, including indoor AND outdoor skateparks, are required to close under the general restriction (except when operating as part of an exception).
– 1-2-1 skateboard coaching of adults (Over-18) is permitted in a public outdoor space following social distancing measures.
– 1-2-1 skateboard coaching of children (Under-18) is NOT permitted due to safeguarding and the lockdown restrictions.
– Indoor children’s (U18) skateboarding can only take place when ‘supervised’ and only if the primary purpose of the activity is to provide registered childcare, or other childcare activities where this is reasonably necessary to enable parents to work/search for work or undertake training/education.
– In all circumstances, social distancing (2 metres) and hygiene protocols (washing hands & disinfecting surfaces) must be adhered to at all times whilst skateboarding.
The physical and mental health and wellbeing of the whole skateboarding community and their loved ones remains the priority throughout this difficult and challenging period so it is vital everyone adheres to the UK Government’s new national Covid-19 restrictions.
Skateboard England and Skateboard GB will remain in dialogue with the UK Government and will push for clarity in advance of these new measures ending on Wednesday 2nd December 2020 and how this guidance changes beyond this period.
We will signpost to relevant information and detailed government advice where we can and as quickly as possible.