Following the announcement from the Prime Minister on 22 September, indoor Under-18s basketball and senior elite basketball remain exempt from the ‘rule of six’ social distancing restrictions.
But from Thursday 24 September, senior indoor sport, other than at elite level, must only take place in groups of up to six people - with Sport England this afternoon confirming adults from different households taking part in non-elite indoor team basketball do not have to social distance within those groups.
Basketball England has met with the Secretary of State Oliver Dowden, the Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston, Sport England and numerous NGBs to work through the detail of what this means for indoor sport.
In line with the Government guidance, spectators are not permitted at any basketball activity at any level of the game.
We will be working with schools, Jr. NBA, AOC and BUCS to support them on considerations on Return To Play for the education sector.
We appreciate this news will be challenging for many clubs and people in the game. If you need guidance or support, please email us at [email protected].
“It is disappointing to see restrictions placed on the game after the patience, hard work and dedication from everyone in the sport.
“Clubs have been resilient, flexible and respectful of the Government guidelines and our Return to Play guidance to work under such difficult conditions.
“The Government recognises this latest move is a blow for indoor sport. We will continue to work with them and Sport England to find an approach that maintains the safety of our members and everyone in basketball, whilst getting everyone back on the court as soon as possible.
“We will push for the further clarity in the guidance, ongoing support to help the game survive and, where possible, influence the Government to safely reduce the constraints on the non-elite senior game.
“We will provide regular updates as further information emerges.”