Planning for social distancing guidance published

The Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) has published the final version of its guidance ‘SG02: Planning for Social Distancing at Sports Grounds’. This has been published to enable sports grounds to effectively plan for the re-admittance of spectators, which the UK Prime Minister has indicated will be from October 1st.


Martyn Henderson, Chief Executive of the SGSA, said:

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on sport. We know the immense pressures that sports grounds and clubs, their owners, staff, players and supporters have faced. Bringing fans back into grounds while maintaining social distancing will bring new challenges. Just as we have all had to learn new behaviours in order to reduce the spread of the virus, sports grounds too will need to significantly adapt. This guidance provides sports grounds with the knowledge and guidance they need to plan for the safe return of fans with confidence.


Our purpose is, and always will be, ensuring fans can watch live sport safely. The return to full stadia will not happen overnight. However, our new guidance provides sports grounds with the tools to enable some spectators to return safely.


To accompany the guidance, the SGSA have developed policy guidance to generate a common understanding on how the existing sports grounds safety regulatory framework in England and Wales will apply in the context of the new COVID-19 biosecurity protocols.


To support the guidance, the SGSA have developed explanatory videos, led by Ken Scott, which discuss the contents of SG02.



Download Policy Guidance Sport with Spectators COVID-19 Regulatory Controls – August 2020


The guidance has been developed to help practitioners to implement the Government’s Stage Five guidance, which sets out that social distancing will be maintained wherever possible when spectators are admitted to elite sporting events.


The publication of this guidance does not allow for the admittance of spectators to elite sporting events in England at this time. The Government’s Stage Five guidance is only in draft format at this stage and subject to change. The SGSA will keep its guidance under review and update as and when necessary.



The SGSA will be running a webinar that will discuss the implementation of the guidance. This free-to-join webinar will take place on 9 and 11 September. To join either of these, please select the date below and register your details:


Wednesday 9 September, 3pm – 5pm

Friday 11 September, 10.30am – 12.30pm


Download your copy of the ‘SG02: Planning for Social Distancing at Sports Grounds’ here: SG02 Planning for Social Distancing at Sports Grounds


Images, courtesy: SGSA


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