Written Question: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Sir Chris's QUESTION:

Sports: Coronavirus


To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what regulatory impact assessment the Government made of the effect of the decision to extend the restrictions on (a) cricket, (b) indoor swimming, and (c) real tennis beyond 4 July 2020; and if he will make a statement.

ANSWER: Nigel Huddleston Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) 

Sports and physical activity facilities play a crucial role in supporting adults and children to be active.The Government has made it clear that it will adopt a phased approach based on scientific and medical advice, and that the primary goal is to protect public health.

The government is in regular contact with representatives of sports, including cricket, swimming and tennis, to discuss both the impact of Covid-19 on sports and to explore how and when grassroots sport can safely resume once lockdown restrictions start to ease. The government has asked individual sports to consider the steps that would need to be taken, and the conditions that would need to be met, for their activity to resume.