Covid-19: What the latest government advice means for basketball

The government has confirmed changes to what is allowed in relation to outdoor sport and physical activity as part of the next phase of its response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Full details are documented in a 60-page document and a list of FAQs provide further information..

People can now spend time outdoors as often as they wish subject to:

  • Having no symptoms of Covid-19 or being in self-isoltion
  • Not meeting up with any more than one person from outside your household
  • Continued compliance with social distancing guidelines to remain two metres (6ft) away from people outside your household
  • Good hand hygiene, particularly with respect to shared surfaces
  • Those responsible for public places being able to put appropriate measures in place to follow the new COVID-19 Secure guidance

What does this mean for basketball?

  • Use of outdoor courts is allowed
  • Members of households can play outdoor basketball together in public
  • Individuals can can meet up outside with one person at a time from outside their household, as long as that person remains two metres away - meaning individual shooting practice, dribbling drills etc are possible but close-contact activities such as one-vs-one or more, are not
  • All indoor basketball activity remains prohibited under Government guidance

Advice for players using public outdoor courts

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before leaving home
  • Clean your equipment, including ball and water bottles before and after use and use your own ball - do not share with people outside your household group
  • Avoid using public transport to get to the court
  • Avoid touching court gates, fences, benches, etc if possible
  • Allow others to leave before you enter the court
  • Do not congregate after playing
  • Maximum of two people per half court from different households - stay at least two metres away from other players at all times
  • Do not make physical contact with other players (such as shaking hands or high five)

Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, tweeted:

 We will provide further guidance as it is issued by the government.