15th October 2020
England Handball has spoken to Sport England and DCMS to fully understand the implications of the 3-Tier Covid-19 restriction system on handball.
There are some questions that are still unanswered so further updates will follow, however, we can confirm the following.
Tier 1 – Medium Risk
All activity as previously described can continue – Multiple pods of six – all junior activity at stage 5 (full contact protocols).
Tier 2 - High Risk
Multiple pods of Six are now not allowed in these areas unless in family bubbles. Junior activity can continue as per previous guidance. Adult outdoor activity can continue (full contact protocols)
Tier 3 - Very High Risk
Multiple pods of six are not allowed in these areas unless in family bubbles. Junior activity can still continue. Adult outdoor activity can continue as per tier two.
The main difference between Tier 2 and 3 is the increased likelihood of facility closure within Tier 3.
Locations that fall within Tier 2 will be assessed every 14 days and will come out of this tier if infection rates begin to fall and conversely locations will be added to Tier 2 if there are serious increases in infection rates. Locations within Tier 3 will be assessed every 28 days.
The most significant impact at the moment for handball will be the clubs whose areas that fall into Tier 2 and 3. Training for adults indoors will not be allowed at all. The only exception is the unlikely circumstance of a family bubble who would be able to play indoors. Junior activity remains unchanged at the moment.
Travel Between Tiers
The latest guidance says that teams in a Tier 1 area can travel to take part in sport and physical activity, but should not travel to Tier 3 areas.
Teams in Tier 2 can travel to fulfil a fixture, but it's recommended to minimise travel where possible, while teams should not travel to a Tier 3 area.
Teams are advised not to travel in or out of Tier 3 areas. Exemptions to this include sport for educational settings and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s.
The areas currently in Level 2 or Level 3 are listed below.