Fitness instructors and PTs reminded to register before running park sessions

park fitness

Bedford Borough Council is asking any fitness instructors using the town’s parks for their training sessions to submit a COVID-19 risk assessment.

Gyms and personal trainers have been hit hard by the coronavirus lockdown, preventing them from being open to the public or running classes or fitness sessions.

As lockdown relaxes, groups of up to six people are now allowed to meet, leading to an increasing number of personal trainers, fitness instructors and coaches using parks and open spaces for training sessions.

The Council is reminding people running these sessions that they must register first, for the safety of coaches, participants and the public.

Anyone who is already registered with the Council to run training session in the parks will need to submit a COVID-19 risk assessment explaining how social distancing will be maintained, to ensure that everyone is safe.

If anyone is looking to start up outside classes in the parks for the first time, they will to register with the Council and also fill out a risk assessment.

Any classes or sessions must meet with the Government guidance, with no more than six people (including the trainer) permitted to take part and everyone must be 2m away from people not in their household.

Bedford Park, Bedford
Bedford Park, Bedford

Cllr Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for Environment said, “I know that our parks have been a real lifeline for local people, and as lockdown starts to ease we have seen more people start to gather, and more and more training sessions taking place.

“We want to support businesses to get back to work and help local people keep fit.

“This registration process and risk assessment is in place to ensure the safety of everyone in these unusual and unprecedented times. If you are running a training session in a park or open space and have not registered, or are not abiding by Government guidelines you may be asked to leave.”

More information can be found at the council website: To submit a risk assessment, or if you have any questions please email

Up-to-date government guidance on coronavirus can be found here.

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