Reopening facilities

ReOpen: Sport and physical activity sector facility reopening guidance


Working with multiple partners and government ukactive have issued the following framework to support the sector in reopening facilities. You can find it HERE.

The links on this page have been developed by CIMSPA and a number of sector partners. All of the guidance below is designed to help operators plan for reopening in accordance with the ukactive framework.

Reopening policy

The guidance should be used in conjunction with the ukactive recommended framework for reopening the fitness and leisure sector safely. GO HERE


Personal training and coaching in outdoor spaces

CIMSPA has issued detailed guidance on outdoor training for England and Scotland. We are in dialogue with the relevant authorities in Wales and Northern Ireland to provide these nations with an update as soon as possible.

Social distancing in the sport and physical activity sector

CIMSPA guidance outlining recommendations operators should follow when facilitating the implementation of social distancing in public sport, fitness and leisure facilities.

Document CIMSPA guidance - social distancing in the sport and physical activity sector

Reopening guidance

Our partners Right Directions have produced a comprehensive overview of a facility reopening management process. The spreadsheet download linked below covers issues including risk assessment principles, staff information and cleaning – all presented in a clear and concise timeline that will help you plan every step of the way (Excel spreadsheet).

Right Directions are also operating Covid-19 online clinics three times per week. To join these and to access resources from previous clinics GO HERE.

Document Covid-19 reopening checklist spreadsheet

Make the Comeback: re-launch campaign for leisure operators

CIMSPA has partnered with TA6 to deliver the #makethecomeback campaign to help leisure providers energise the public back into their local fitness activities. Find out more HERE.

Customer information posters

We have produced example customer information posters including social distancing, cleaning and one way systems. The download below includes image files and a Powerpoint version which facilities can add their own logo to.
BigWave Poster
Document CIMSPA Covid-19 posters

Swimming pools and swim teaching

Latest guidance for swimming pool operators and swim schools.

CC Leisure Solutions

We have worked closely with CC Leisure throughout this process to develop guidance and advice on sector reopening. Craig Campbell, Director of CC Leisure, has hosted a variety of great and interesting webinars with various different focuses over the last three weeks. All have been to discuss and develop best practice guidelines for sector. Download pdf resources on cleaning training layouts and cleaning plans, as well a breakdown of CC Leisure's Covid-19 reopening strategy below. Plus, in case you missed it, watch the most recent reopening webinar at the link below.

Make sure to keep an eye out for regular updates from CC Leisure over the coming months.

Document CCLS Cleaning Training Layout

Document CCLS Cleaning Plan

Document CCLS Covid-19 reopening strategy

Document CCLS Updates – Webinar


Slip Safety Services

Slip Safety Services have put together some pointers and resources on cleanliness post reopening, take a look below.
Member research has highlighted that cleanliness is the most important factor that people are concerned about. Unfortunately, cleaning has been under-invested and poorly done in the sector in the past. Therefore, intensive deep cleaning is needed – particularly because it’s literally impossible to make surfaces hygienically safe without first effectively cleaning them. We both need to ensure surfaces are clean to make them safe, but also to retain members’ confidence. Slip Safety Services (Christian Harris) have put together various resources to use on this vital topic:
  • Read: “Myth busting Coronavirus deep cleaning” (and add Christian on Linkedin while you’re at it as he does great content every day).
  • Watch: Join an in-depth weekly webinar by Christian, held every Wednesday at 3pm: click HERE to register
  • Do: Use the online calculator to figure out how long it will take you to deep clean your club yourself. Find this HERE


You can contact Christian directly to see how he and Slip Safety can help you with reopening on or 07734 923851

Sports Governing Bodies

Looking for guidelines regarding your sport? CIMSPA has compiled a list of selected Sports Governing Bodies for the UK so you can swiftly access the information most relevant to you and/or your organisation.

You can find the list HERE.


Software provider Gladstone have written a guide to how a leisure management system (LMS) can help with facility reopening. The guide is specific to their own LMS, but also contains advice for organisations using other platforms. The guide is available via a short registration form HERE


CIMSPA would like to thank Right Directions and CC Leisure for their contributions.

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