COVID 19

LATEST FA GUIDANCE FOR NON-ELITE FOOTBALL IN STEP 3 OF THE GOVERNMENT'S ROADMAP

On Monday 17 May, as part of the next step of the Government’s roadmap out of national lockdown, there will be further changes to the restrictions on ‘non-elite’ football. Our guidance has therefore been updated to reflect this.


The key changes to note are in relation to spectators, indoor hospitality and indoor football and Futsal.


This updated guidance comes into effect on Monday 17 May. You can read the Government guidance here.


The key changes to be aware of are:-


Spectators


From Step 3, spectators will be permitted to view events on both public and private land but need to adhere to social distancing rules and social gathering limits set at groups of 30 outdoors and six people/two households indoors. Please note that multiple numbers of these group sizes are permitted as long as social distancing rules are followed.


Spectators are allowed indoors, but the total number of all participants, coaches, officials and spectators must comply with the ventilation rates permitted by the particular venue. You can find more information about this here.


At larger events, capacity limits for spectators, set by The Government will apply. For indoor events this is 1000 or 50 per cent of capacity and for outdoor events this is 4000 or 50 per cent of capacity (whichever is lower in both cases).


Indoor Hospitality


As part of Step 3 of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, both outdoor and indoor hospitality at ‘non-elite’ football is permitted. All participants must follow Government guidance on hospitality settingsand specific advice for sport facility operators available on the Government’s website. People using clubhouses and hospitality facilities must adhere to legal gathering limits and wider government guidance.


Indoor Football and Futsal


From Step 3, indoor gatherings of either six people (the ‘rule of six’) or two households can take place. This means that organised indoor adult and children football can return.


For organised indoor sport and physical activity, there’s no limit on group numbers so long as people adhere to capacity restrictions on indoor facilities. The maximum occupancy of each indoor facility should be limited by providing a minimum of 100 square ft per person.


This guidance applies to all youth and adult football and futsal, including all formats of the game. If there are any further updates from the Government, we will communicate these in due course and we will continue to update our guidance as we move through the different steps of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.


It is extremely important that clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents, carers, and facility providers continue to strictly follow both the UK Government's latest guidance on COVID-19 and respective bespoke guidance documents from the FA. Any incidents of non-compliance should be reported to the local County Football Association.


USEFUL RESOURCES:

https://www.thefa.com/-/media/thefacom-new/files/get-involved/2021/fa-football-activity-guidance---re-starting-outdoor-football---11-may.ashx

https://www.thefa.com/-/media/thefacom-new/files/get-involved/2021/covid-19-safeguarding-risk-assessment-guidance---11-may.ashx

https://www.thefa.com/-/media/thefacom-new/files/get-involved/2021/football-activity-guidance-for-providers-for-football-activities---11-may.ashx


The NHS COVID-19 App - QR Code

We want to draw your attention to the Government’s recently updated guidance on test and trace, and specifically a new section on the use of QR codes at Sports Venues eg May and Bakers Sports Ground.

The NHS COVID-19 app has a feature that allows users to quickly and easily ‘check in’ at a sports or other venues by scanning the code.

The information stays on the user’s phone. In England, people who choose to ‘check in’ using the official NHS QR code do not need to provide their contact details to the venue.

If there is an outbreak associated with a venue, a message will be sent to the relevant app users with the necessary public health advice.

This will help to avoid the reintroduction of lockdown measures and support the country to return to, and maintain, a more normal way of life.

The NHS COVID-19 App can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.

NB The App can only be downloaded to smartphones

Copies of the Daggers Ladies and Girls FC App will be available to scan at all home matches. Please note that each team has a different code and if any supporters use the facilities in the May and Bakers Clubhouse they must also scan the M&B QR Code. At away games, the opposition teams will be displaying their own code which has to be scanned by visitors.

DOWNLOAD AND USE THE APP TODAY - TAKE CARE & STAY SAFE

QR Code Boards for each team will be available at all of the girls' home matches

Latest Update from Sport England

Latest government guidance

People can go outside more than once a day for exercise alone or with their household, with up to five people from outside their household providing they observe social distancing, or with their and one other household indoors or outdoors, providing members of different households follow social distancing guidelines.

Most outdoor and indoor sport and physical activity facilities can reopen if those responsible for them feel ready to do so and if they can do so safely following government guidelines.

This includes basketball and tennis courts, playing spaces like golf courses (public and private), playing fields, watersports, playgrounds, outdoor and indoor pools, outdoor and indoor gyms and leisure centres.

Team sports can also restart when each sport's national governing body has published a government-approved action plan and related guidance on playing safely.

Group sizes

While social gatherings of more than six people in England are banned, the government’s confirmed that organised sports and activities that have been through return to play protocols can continue, with one exception.

From 24 September, people aged 18 and over playing indoor team sports must adhere to the 'rule of six', which means playing in a group of no more than six people.

Sports and activities that have been through return to play protocols can continue to use this guidance, while adhering to the 'rule of six' for indoor adult team sport.

This change does not apply to children aged under 18, and people can also continue to use leisure facilities, including gyms and pools - classes within these venues can continue as they are now. People should not go to these venues socially in groups of more than six.

Outdoor sports played formally and under government-approved guidance, plus outdoor sport and physical activity events following event-organiser guidance, can continue.

That's because these sports and activities have stringent plans in place to reduce the risk of Covid-19, and because these venues are classed as Covid-secure given the measures they’ve introduced. The importance of sport and physical activity to people’s physical health and mental wellbeing has also been recognised by the government.