Guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19) measures for elite sport

This guidance sets out information for elite sport organisations on how to reduce the risk from COVID-19. This includes guidance on domestic and cross-border competitions.

Applies to England



This document sets out a recommended framework for the operation of elite sport. It sets out guidance for elite sport organisations on how to reduce the risk from COVID-19 for athletes, coaches, support staff, and other members of the elite sport operational structure. This includes guidance for UK-based elite sports organisations and individuals travelling to competition or training outside the UK.

This replaces the previous elite sport guidance, which set out a phased 5-stage return to training and competition to ensure the successful resumption of elite sport.

It is supplemented by the guidance for events and attractions, which outlines how competition delivery partners and venues should plan and manage sporting events with spectators.

For information on how to participate in or provide sporting activities, please refer to the guidance on grassroots sport, which sets out advice for the public and sport providers on how to organise and participate in grassroots sport and physical activity as safely as possible.

Published 22 July 2021
Last updated 14 January 2022 + show all updates
  1. Information box updated to include an upcoming change to self-isolation rules. From Monday 17 January, people with COVID-19 can end their self-isolation after 5 full days if they test negative for COVID-19 on two consecutive days. The first test cannot be taken before day 5. This guidance will be updated shortly.

  2. Call out box on self-isolation and testing changes added.

  3. Updated guidance on face coverings, ventilation, and cross-border competition.

  4. Minor amendment to information box, to update information on COVID status checks and add a link to the guidance for organisations.

  5. Information box added on new measures (face coverings, COVID status checks, working from home, self-isolation, international travel) because of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Further information on these measures will be added shortly.

  6. Information box added on new measures (face coverings, self-isolation and testing after international travel) because of the Omicron variant. Face coverings are legally required indoors in shops, personal care services and public transport in England, from 4am Tuesday 30 November. Further information on these measures will be added shortly.

  7. Updated to reflect changes to the rules on international travel for those who qualify as fully vaccinated (sections 9-12)

  8. Minor changes to advice on face coverings, in line with the government’s autumn and winter plan. Removed reference to guidance for people who were previously identified as clinically extremely vulnerable, as the shielding programme has now ended.

  9. People who are fully vaccinated or aged under 18 and 6 months no longer need to self-isolate if they’ve had close contact with someone who has COVID-19. Guidance updated to reflect this.

  10. First published.