Sports, culture, leisure activities

Sporting activities

Indoor and outdoor sports facilities are open to the public.

Sports and physical fitness activities are allowed, but under certain conditions:

  • sports activities carried out individually or with a maximum of 2 people can be practised without the obligation to wear a mask or to maintain a physical distance of 2 metres from each other;
  • a maximum of 10 people can take part in a sports activity at the same time, as long as there is a physical distance of at least 2 metres between the different sports players at all times;
  • the facilities must have a minimum surface area of 15m2 for sports activities carried out individually, at least 50m2 for activities carried out by no more than 2 persons, and at least 30m2 per person for activities carried out by 3 to 10 persons at most.

In swimming pools and aquatic centres, swimming is only possible in specially designated lanes. A maximum number of 6 athletes per 50m lane and 3 athletes per 25m lane are allowed.

Public access to showers and locker rooms is also strictly regulated. Thus, only a maximum of 10 people per locker room or collective shower area is allowed. In the locker rooms, people must either wear a mask or maintain a physical distance of 2 metres. In the showers, the physical distance of 2 metres must be respected.

The general restrictions on the number of people allowed to take part in sports activities and the restrictions on the number of people allowed per locker room and per collective shower area or the number of surface to be guaranteed per person do not apply to sports groups composed of people from the same household or who live together, nor to school, peri- and extra-curricular sports activities. The same applies to the rules setting the minimum surface area per person.

Elite athletes, as well as their training partners and coaches, professional athletes, sportsmen and women in federal national frameworks, students of the Sportslycée and federal training centres, senior national teams, as well as their coaches, are subject to a special regime. The sanitary restrictions that apply to the general public do not apply to these persons, both during training and during competitions. 

Culture

The cultural institutions are open again to the public, but subject to strict health rules:

  • The performance venues will be able to accommodate up to 100 spectators wearing masks, provided that they are assigned a seat and maintain an interpersonal distance of 2 metres if they do not belong to the same household or cohabit.
  • Museums, art centres, exhibition halls, archives and libraries will once again be open to the public, with the obligation to wear a mask.
  • Professional artists (theatre and film actors, musicians and dancers) will be able to exercise their profession (rehearsals and performances) without wearing masks and without keeping interpersonal distances.
  • Recreational and amateur artistic practice, as well as educational activities within the institutions will be allowed for up to 4 people without the obligation to wear masks and social distancing. Activities with up to 10 people will be allowed, with the obligation to wear a mask and to keep a distance of 2 metres from each other. Activities will be permitted for up to 100 people on the condition that they are assigned a seat and maintain an interpersonal distance of 2 metres.
  • These measures are accompanied by a general ban on accessory catering activities and serving refreshments.

Leisure activities

The law no longer specifies any special provisions relating to recreational activities. The general rules relating to gatherings apply. 

FAQ

Can COVID-19 be transmitted by sweat?

So far, there is no scientific evidence that the virus is transmitted by sweat.

Even if the virus is not transmitted in this way, it can be transmitted in sports facilities through contact with contaminated objects (e.g. gym equipment).

Can you catch COVID-19 from swimming in a swimming pool?

No studies on the survival of SARS-CoV-2 in swimming pool water are currently available. Swimming pool water does not seem to be a good place for the survival and development of viruses.

I bought a ticket for an event that had to be canceled following the coronavirus epidemic. What are my options?

In the event of cancellation of an event due to the measures taken by the government to face the coronavirus epidemic, the tickets purchased are refundable.

In the case of postponement of an event due to the measures taken by the government in response to the coronavirus epidemic, the tickets purchased are non-refundable, unless the purchaser of the ticket does not have the opportunity to attend the postponed event.

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