COVID-19

We will be applying the latest government guidance on COVID-19 measures for grassroots sport in England, based on the following key principles.

Self-assessment

Before attending, all participants, officials, volunteers and spectators should self-assess for COVID-19 symptoms (a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; a loss of, or change to, their sense of smell or taste). If you have one or more of these symptoms, even if they are mild, you should not attend and should follow the NHS guidance on testing and self-isolation.

Informed decisions

Those attending should consider their own health and circumstances (for example, if you are not yet fully vaccinated or if you live with somebody at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19), so you can make an informed choice about whether you wish to attend based on the safety measures in place and mitigation of any specific risks identified by the risk assessment.

Self-isolation

You should not attend if you need to self-isolate (for example, because you have tested positive or are asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace). Follow the guidance if you live with, or have close contact with, a positive case.

Safety measures

In line with the government guidance for events we will be taking the recommended priority actions:

  1. Assess risk: we will complete a health and safety risk assessment that includes risks from COVID-19, share this with volunteers and make it available at the event.
  2. Provide adequate ventilation: the doors at the front and the rear of the clubhouse will remain open during the event to maximise the flow of fresh air.
  3. Clean often: we will clean frequent touch points throughout the event.
  4. Promote hygiene: we will provide handwashing facilities and hand sanitiser, use signs and posters to promote good hygiene and provide regular reminders to volunteers to ensure good hygiene.
  5. Ask people with COVID-19 or any of the main COVID-19 symptoms to stay away: attendees should self-isolate immediately if they show any symptoms of COVID-19 and take a PCR test as soon as possible, even if they are fully vaccinated.
  6. Communicate: we will ensure that all attendees are aware of our safety measures.

Face coverings

In England, face coverings are no longer required by law, so it is up to you if you wish to wear one.

The government suggests that you continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet.