Events and competitions - Coronavirus

As a result of the easing of lockdown restrictions through the local protection levels framework, sporting competitions are permitted subject to suitable COVID-19 controls implemented.

Currently, the Scottish Government advice for organisers is to contact relevant bodies including the Environmental Health Service for further information and guidance to ensure that the competition is being run in accordance with current COVID-19 guidelines.

Sporting competitions and events can be defined as the following:

  • Sports competition is “any amateur participation sport, contest or race involving individual participants or teams who regularly compete against opponents as part of an organised Scottish Governing Body (SGB), league, local authority or club activity”
  • Sports event is “an organised gathering or activity of limited duration that brings people together for the primary purpose of participating in one-off sporting activity such as a marathon, triathlon”; for the benefit of this guidance professional sport with spectators is regarded as a sports event not competition

The sports event and completion diagram (pdf 212KB) helps the organiser identify if their competition is to operated under the ‘Elite/Performance event and competition guidance’ and whether or not the event will required to be licensed. The decision tree should be used in conjunction with the relevant guidance published by Sports Scotland and sports governing bodies to ensure that the event is operated within current COVID-19 restrictions.

The Sport Scotland guidance (pdf 455KB) should be followed. The applicant should provide the following information in writing to

The following considerations should be made and included within your event safety plan:

  • Enhanced ventilation
  • Enhanced cleaning schedule – a documented cleaning schedule must be in place for the duration of the event
  • Physical distancing controls  PDBC and  how physical distancing is to be managed for the duration of the event
  • Face coverings to be worn whilst moving around the premises

Further guidance