Return To Play Guidance

Basketball England has refreshed the guidance to support everyone in the basketball community following the Government’s decision to remove all social distancing measures from the 19 July 2021.  

Basketball is back following the pandemic lockdown – but everyone in the game still has a contribution to make in keeping all involved safe and playing. 

Confidence levels in making a full return to basketball activity are varied. As such, we urge our affiliated clubs and partner organisations to adopt a flexible and responsible approach that enables as many people as possible to play the sport safely.  

The BE guidance is built on three simple principles that everyone in the basketball community is encouraged to follow:  

  • If you feel unwell, stay at home and get tested 
  • What can individuals do? Wear a mask, follow hygiene guidance, social distance 
  • What can clubs do? Test, screen, sound venue hygiene/management 

If you feel unwell, stay at home and get tested 

We encourage everyone to adopt a self-screening process. If you have a temperature, cough, headaches or generally feel unwell, DO NOT attend practice or games.  

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, self-isolate immediately and get a PCR test, even if your symptoms are mild. You should self-isolate at home while you book the test and wait for the results.  

You must self-isolate if you test positive as per the Government guidelines.  

What can individuals do? Wear a mask, follow hygiene guidance, social distance 

We strongly recommend people wear face covering when not playing - coaches, staff and players.  

Remember hand hygiene is one of the keys to stop the spread, therefore it is important to wash your hands:  

  • After coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose  
  • Before you eat or handle food  
  • After coming into contact with surfaces touched by many others, such as handles, handrails and light switches  
  • After coming into contact with shared areas such as kitchens and bathrooms  
  • Before and after training/games 
  • When you return home  

Where possible, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.  

Social distance (1m) where possible when not playing.


What can clubs do? Testing, screening, sound venue hygiene/management 

Clubs are advised to conduct temperature checking and team screening.    

Clubs are recommended to lateral flow test players twice a week as a way of identifying asymptomatic carriers. LFTs can be ordered through this link. 

There are no longer limits on the number of people allowed on court or spectators but venues may have their own guidelines that will have to be adhered to.  

Basketball England cannot influence venues, however, we encourage all members to be sympathetic to different venue requirements.    

When operating central venue leagues or events with large crowds, we strongly urge the use of one-way systems and limiting the number of people gathering in common areas.  

Clubs are encouraged to support venues by keeping them clean, removing all waste (bottles etc), thoroughly cleaning benches and other high-sweat contact areas.  

Basketballs and other high-contact equipment should also be cleaned between sessions.