Recovery group formed with sport set to begin return in Jersey

A new group has been formed to steer the return of sport in Jersey, with some activities set to resume on Friday when the island is expected to move to level two of its lockdown exit.

Draft guidance produced by Jersey Sport would see groups of up to 40 people allowed to participate in organised sports events, while maintaining two-metre social distancing.

It will mean some sports, including cycling, bowls, and cricket could resume, as well as 'low-intensity' indoor training.

Contact sports like football, netball, and rugby would remain off limits, however, until lockdown restrictions are further relaxed.

Jersey Sport will form part of the new Sports Consultancy Group, set up by States member Senator Steve Pallet, which will also involve the island's Commonwealth Games and Island Games associations, Jersey Sport Council, and the Government's sports facilities team.

The assistant minister responsible for sport said it will serve as a forum to help lead local sport through the coronavirus pandemic and create a healthier island.