Organised sports and exercise to be exempt from the ‘rule of 6’ – Coronavirus Update 11/09/20

From Monday 14th September, you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than 6.   The government has produced some fresh guidance Covid 19: Meeting with others safely which details the changes.

Whilst social gatherings more than 6 are banned, the government has confirmed that organised sports and physical activity events that meet the Covid 19 Secure guidance can continue.

This is great news for surf lessons and other organised surfing events and activities.  Those delivering such activities must ensure they are fully Covid 19 Secure and compliant with the Return to Sport guidance.  Surfing England has been working with our Accredited Surf Schools, Clubs and Coaching members to provide up to date information and clarity on what the new measures mean in practice.  Sport England have also released a useful Q&A  for those working in outdoor sport including guidance on group sizes.

We’re really pleased to see the government recognising the importance of sport and physical activity and its impact on people’s physical and mental wellbeing as we continue to move through this crisis.

For surfers getting in the water outside of an organised event or activity, it’s important to familiarise yourself with the new government rules (which are now enforceable in law) and our general guidance to surfers remains in place.

Fingers crossed for some classic autumn swell and we hope you manage to get in water.

General guidance to surfers.

  • SOCIAL DISTANCE WHERE POSSIBLE– Stay 2 meters (6 ft) apart from others where possible in and out of the water.
  • SURF WITHIN YOUR LIMITS– If in doubt, don’t paddle out. Be honest with yourself about your capabilities to stay safe in the water. Some Beaches have RNLI Lifeguards in Operation. Visit for information. If you do see someone in trouble in the water, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
  • RESPECT LOCAL COMMUNITIES– Be mindful that there are elderly/vulnerable people that may still be self-isolating in the areas you visit. Consider the local facilities (supermarkets, cafes/restaurants, toilets, parking, etc) and provision of emergency services in the areas you travel to.
  • RESPECT OTHER SURFERS– Avoid crowding beaches and busy peaks. Be mindful of peoples right to travel and go on holiday – it’s been a tough few months for everyone.
  • PROMOTE GOOD SURF ETIQUETTE– Don’t snake or drop in, smile, have fun, be kind & surf safe.


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