Return To Play Guidance

Basketball England has refreshed guidance to support the basketball community following the Government’s latest changes to COVID-19 rules, starting from 27 January.   

It has been announced that individuals will not be required to wear a face coverings by law, but the Government suggests people should continue to wear one in crowded and indoor spaces. 

BE guidance will continue to encourage the wearing of masks inside venues and that good hygiene practices should be maintained. 

There is also no longer a legal requirement to show an NHS COVID Pass at venues and events by law, although some venues by still demand this. 

BE appreciates the effort and patience required from all in the basketball family to adapt to changing Government rules and urges our affiliated clubs and partner organisations to continue to adopt a flexible and responsible approach, working with venue operators, that enables as many people as possible to play the sport safely.   

The BE guidance remains built on three simple principles:   

  • 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.  

From 22 December people will be able to end quarantine after seven days instead of 10 by providing negative lateral flow results on day six and day seven.

The guidance applies to everyone, regardless of vaccination status. But people should not end their isolation early if they are still experiencing symptoms.

And anyone ending isolation on day seven is strongly advised to limit contact with vulnerable people, not visit crowded or poorly ventilated spaces, and work from home.

People who are not double-jabbed and come in close contact with a positive case must still isolate for a full 10 days.

From 14 December, people who are fully vaccinated and identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 – whether Omicron or not – should take an NHS rapid lateral flow test every day for seven days to help slow the spread of COVID-19. More information HERE.

Everyone 12 years of age and older is now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination.

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

Basketball England  encourages individuals to wear a mask when inside a venue, except players, coaches and officials who are active on court. Table officials and statisticians should wear a mask.

We recommend players and coaches wear a mask when inactive on the bench.  

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 limits on the number of people allowed on court or spectators, but venues may have their own guidelines that must 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.  Spectators should be seated and socially distanced (1m) where possible.

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.   

Covid-19 vaccine passports

There is no longer a legal requirement to show a NHS COVID Pass at venues and events.

Venues may have their own guidelines which must be adhered to. If you are unsure if these rules apply to your venue, please contact