COVID-19: Advice refresher ahead of the 2022/23 season

With the new season right around the corner, Basketball England would like to provide a refresher on COVID-19.

The threat of COVID-19 is still present, and although it is reduced at this time, it’s important to remind members of the ways they can further minimise the risks of COVID affecting games.

As stated in our previous Return to Play guidance issued across the last few years, our approach 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, and practice sound venue hygiene/management

We fully understand that access to testing is not as readily available as it once was but the principle of not playing if you are unwell is still important, even if the illness is not COVID-19. 

There are other important strategies that people can use to reduce potential COVID disruption:

  • Vaccinations - these have been proven to reduce transmission of the virus as well as protect individuals from the more serious aspects of the illness.
  • Hygiene - remembering to wash hands regularly, especially after coughing or sneezing and using the toilet.

We will continue to monitor the COVID situation across the country and will take advice from the UK Government if the situation changes.

Regardless of the current situation, we would warn clubs that whilst the numbers of COVID infections are falling since a rise in the early summer, there may be another increase as schools and sport return this Autumn.

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