As the world slowly begins to reopen, many people are wondering when they can resume outdoor sports activities. With the help of the Irish government's five-phase reopening plan, individuals and groups of up to four people can now safely participate in self-organized exercise and organized outdoor sports. In addition, contactless sports matches, pools, and sports leagues have been given the green light to resume, with close-contact sports, gyms, and spectator sports following suit in August. In Australia, community sport has been reopened in accordance with restrictions at levels A, B and C.
Meanwhile, in Europe and other parts of the world, soccer and cricket fields, tennis and basketball courts, outdoor swimming pools, golf courses and sailing clubs have been given the go-ahead to reopen. Before you return to the gym or go out on the field, there are a few precautions you should take to make sure you are physically and mentally ready to go back to sports. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided guidelines for quarantine, isolation, and community levels for sports as well as guidelines for returning to physical activity after a COVID-19 diagnosis. In Serbia, gyms and fitness centers, parks and public areas intended for recreation and sports have been allowed to reopen subject to Serbian government regulations.
The government has also provided a crisis package of 500 million Swedish kroner to help support sports associations. Attendance at outdoor sporting events is limited to 50% of venue capacity or 5000 attendees, whichever is less. The 20:00 time restriction does not apply to outdoor sporting events or outdoor training. Support is also available through the Youth Fund for Sports & Culture to help families pay sports club fees for their children under 18 and there is a low fixed VAT rate for online sports classes. Participating in sports and physical activity allows young people to improve their cardiovascular health, strength, body composition and general fitness.
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