On Monday 12 October, the Government announced a new three-tier COVID-19 alert system which sets out information for local authorities and their residents in relation to managing the virus.
The new Government alert levels (Medium, High and Very High) come with a number of new localised restrictions which could limit the amount of training and competition that clubs and members can undertake.
Following a meeting with Sport England, DCMS and governing bodies of sport, we can confirm we are able to continue indoor training and competitive basketball across the Government levels as set out below:
The Government is advising people not to travel into or out of an area if it has been categorised as a Very High alert level area. However, for the indoor sports exemptions for elite, disability and under 18s, you can travel for the sole purposes of playing basketball within Covid secure environments.
These conditions provide a framework to allow competition and training under the outlined conditions. However, clubs are not obliged to play and should contact Basketball England if they are uncomfortable or concerned about conditions in their areas.
Outdoor basketball continues to be unaffected by any of the Government changes. Sessions for youth and adults can be delivered in line with Level 2 of our RTP.
“Disappointingly indoor sport has once again been disproportionately affected by the latest UK Government changes. Most significantly this is a further setback for non-elite 18+ players in tier 2 and 3 areas who now cannot play indoors within the ‘rule of six’.
“Although we are mindful and committed to supporting the Government's strategy for tackling the virus, we strongly believe that our Return To Play plans, processes and mitigations are robust.
“Followed correctly they can provide everyone in the basketball community with an opportunity to keep playing our sport with their health and safety as a primary focus.
“Alongside other indoor team sports, we are actively seeking an urgent meeting with high level government officials to discuss the continued disproportionate affect that the government guidance is having on sport. We will update everyone as soon as we can.”
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