Coronavirus information for GoodGym activities

Advice for anyone attending GoodGym activities

March 16, 2020

Have your own GoodGym story to share with the community? Email getinvolved@goodgym.org and we'll be in touch.

Reviewed or updated on 05/01/21

England and Wales have restrictions in place which are impacting on GoodGym activities. Please see our full guidance for details of what activities are taking place in your area.

Below is the general status for our activities across England and Wales.


Activity Status
Group sessions Our group runs are on hold for the foreseeable future. For our latest guidance on group exercise, please see below.
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Community missions Community missions are happening in all areas In person community missions are being listed in all areas for essential tasks. Caps on numbers may in be place for some activities where needed to reduce the spread of infection. Runners are encouraged to self-log any good deed completed personally away from hosted sessions
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Coach runs Face-to-face coach runs are replaced with telephone calls We are regularly reviewing the government guidance and as soon as it’s safe for all coach visits to resume, we will update all coach runners. Until then, we ask that coaches and runners continue to keep in touch via telephone or video call. More detailed guidelines can be found here
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Mission runs Missions are focused on urgent and essential tasks. We are working with our partners to ensure that risks are minimised and that we are able to make a contribution to supporting those who are isolated and lonely. We will aim to work more closely with partners such as the British Red Cross and hospital discharge teams to safely support those who need our help. We are aiming to carry out only the most impactful tasks or those that have little to no risk of transmitting Coronavirus. We have changed our policy to allow missions to go ahead with one runner where it is appropriate and we ask that all mission runners who are entering a mission beneficiary's home wear a mask for the duration of the mission.

Essential guidance for all participants

GoodGym runners must:

  • Only attend a task or session if they are able to do so without the need for public transport - run, walk or cycle if possible.
  • Not attend a task or session if they have any Covid-19 symptoms
  • Not attend a task or session in an area of the country in a different tier of restrictions from where they live

Guidelines for when at a task:

  • Tools should not be shared or should cleaned between uses where possible
  • Runners should bring their own gloves suitable for the task
  • Face coverings are not mandatory for GoodGym tasks taking place outdoors including in an older person’s garden. However, you should bring one to every task as there may be situations in which you need to go inside i.e. when walking through a home/building to reach a garden or outdoor space.
  • Face coverings are mandatory for all tasks happening indoors or for when delivering food parcels and prescriptions on missions in which you are likely to get within 2 metres of the beneficiary.
  • Runners should pay particular attention to the way in and a way out of any workspace or home and take care to avoid using narrow doors, passageways and corridors simultaneously
Have your own GoodGym story to share with the community? Email getinvolved@goodgym.org and we'll be in touch.
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