Update from British Triathlon regarding returning back to training
Pete Dean
February 24th, 2021

Update from British Triathlon regarding returning back to training

by Pete Dean

From British Triathlon’s webpage – but to paraphrase, we await guidance still, but it looks likely that some form of organised training will be possible from 29th March:



24 FEBRUARY 2021

The UK and devolved governments have announced or are in the process of announcing their roadmaps out of the national lockdowns.

Below we have provided an update of what this means for each of the home nations.


On 22 February, the UK Government unveiled their Covid-19 Response – Spring 2021 which details how England will move out of lockdown.

We are encouraged by the update from the government that from 29 March we will be able to return to organised outdoor sport.

We are continuing to work closely with our relevant partners in order to get more understanding of what the changes will mean, and our team are working hard to create detailed, robust and clear guidance. Once we have the relevant information and guidance, we will update this page.

Changes to activity that is allowed from 8 March is summarised below:

  • People can leave their home for recreation or exercise outdoors with their household or one other person
  • Under-18 PE and school sport can take place as part of curriculum provision, or as part of wraparound care, but should not otherwise take place at this time

Below is what is allowed from 29 March:

  • Up to 6 people or two households can meet outdoors
  • Outdoor sport and leisure facilities can open, including open-air swimming pools and open water swimming venues
  • Organised outdoor sport will be allowed for adults and children and will not be subject to gathering limits, provided it complies with NGB guidance
  • Event permitting has been suspended until Sunday 28 March. Events are allowed to take place from Monday 29 March

In the meantime, it is essential that you continue to follow the English lockdown rules:

  • 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
  • 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. However, under 18s is no longer exempt

In Scotland, the government announced a ‘Stay at Home’ order from Monday 4 January which means you must stay at home as much as possible. By law, in a level 4 area (mainland Scotland), you are required to stay at home except for essential purposes. All island communities currently in Level 3 should continue to use our existing Protection Levels Guidance when planning and delivering activity. Event permitting has been suspended until at least Wednesday 3 March 2021 (except Islands currently in Level 3).


Following the Welsh Governments’ announcement today (Friday 19th February 2021) the Tier 4 restrictions will continue for another 3 weeks.

From tomorrow (Saturday 20th February) four people from two different households will be able to meet outdoors for socially distanced local exercise. The exercise will need to take place locally – leaving from your own front door and returning to your own front door.

For more information please read our FAQs.

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