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Covid-19: Return to play protocols

 

England Handball: COVID-19

 
Please note that specific localised plans developed by leisure providers and Local Authorities supersede national NGB guidance. The guidance detailed below is comprehensive and should be implemented as a minimum standard.
 
You may be asked to produce a risk assessment by the leisure provider.
 
 
 
 
Return to play stages: 

Stage 1: Completed
Small group training e.g. Individual technical work/outside

Stage 2: Completed

Small group training – indoor – without contact.

Stage 3: Completed
Team Training – indoor – without contact.

Stage 4: Completed
Team Training – with contact.

Stage 5: Approved
Return to full competition. See image below. This is a summary of the measures approved by the DCMS.

 
 
Return-to-Play Stages 4 and 5 Rule of Six Update
 
 All clubs should adhere to national and local Government guidance. Any local restrictions or national restrictions supersede England Handball guidance. This may mean handball activity is suspended in some areas or moves back a stage. To view the latest government guidance and how it affects your area please click here
 

Who should we contact Re Covid-19?    Contact the England Handball Covid-19 officer - john.pearce@englandhandball.com 

Covid-19 TIERS AND HANDBALL ACTIVITY  

What is allowed under tier restrictions should also be applied along with England Handball Return-to-Play protocol.

Tier 1

  • Indoor adult team training can continue, while adhering to the 'rule of six' i.e. in multiple pods of six.
  • Outdoor adult training and match play can continue whilst following the return to play protocols. ·       
  • Under-18s are exempt from the indoor restrictions. Therefore, junior training and match play can continue as long as return to play protocols are followed.
  • Leisure facilities can stay open.  

Tier 2 

  • Indoor adult team sport can only be played by a single household or support bubble, or as part of the elite pathway.
  • Outdoor adult training and match play can continue as long as return to play protocols are followed.
  • Under-18s are exempt from the indoor restrictions. Therefore, junior training and match play can continue as long as return to play protocols are followed.
  • Leisure facilities can stay open.  

Tier 3

  • Indoor adult team sport can only be played by a single household or support bubble or as part of the elite pathway.
  • Outdoor adult training and match play can continue as long as return to play protocols are followed.
  • Under-18s are exempt from the indoor restrictions. Therefore, junior training and match play can continue as long as return to play protocols are followed.
  • Leisure facilities may have to close depending on local approaches to business closures.  

Tier 4

Under Tier-4 restrictions you can: 

  • Do unlimited outdoor handball activity alone, with your household, support bubble, or with one other person from a different household.
  • Organise outdoor training for Under-18s (including those who were under 18 on 31 August 2020). Safeguarding protocols must be followed.
  • Organise indoor handball for Under-18s (including those who were under 18 on 31 August 2020) for educational purposes or to facilitate childcare to allow parents or carers to work, seek work or take part in education. Safeguarding protocols must be followed.  

Under Tier-4 restrictions you can’t:

  • Play adult team handball under any circumstances. This includes team training
  • Play under-18 team handball, unless it falls under the exemption listed above.