How the new three-tier lockdown system impacts volleyball

15th October 2020

How the new three-tier lockdown system impacts volleyball

As of 14th October, all areas of England will fall into one of three local Covid alert levels: MEDIUM, HIGH or VERY HIGH. Restrictions are tightened as areas move through the tiers, as summarised here.

Following a meeting with Sport England, DCMS and other sports governing bodies, we’re now able to set out how volleyball will be impacted based on the tier that an area falls into.

Remember, if you are taking part in organised volleyball activity, you must also adhere to our return to play guidance. Please visit www.volleyballengland.org/coronavirus and our frequently asked questions page for more information.

Please enter your postcode on the following Government web page to check your area’s alert level and the restrictions that apply within it: https://bit.ly/3j2sSUR

Local Covid alert level: MEDIUM (Tier 1)

  • Organised volleyball and beach volleyball can continue to take place outdoors.
  • Sitting volleyball training can continue to take place on grass or sand.
  • Indoor volleyball can continue if the rule of six is followed. Exemptions to the rule of six still apply for U18s, disabled athletes and students over the age of 18 across higher and further education.

Local Covid alert level: HIGH (Tier 2)

  • Organised volleyball and beach volleyball can continue to take place outdoors.
  • Sitting volleyball training can continue to take place on grass or sand.
  • Indoor volleyball must comply with the rule of household, so can only be played between those from the same household or support bubble. Exemptions to the rule of six still apply for U18s, disabled athletes and students over the age of 18 across higher and further education. Supervisors and coaches are allowed into junior sessions, but spectators are not.
  • People may travel out of an area in the HIGH alert level into an area in the MEDIUM alert level for the purpose of sport. Please take a responsible approach to travel and wear a facemask.

Local Covid alert level: VERY HIGH (Tier 3)

  • Organised volleyball and beach volleyball can continue to take place outdoors.
  • Sitting volleyball training can continue to take place on grass or sand.
  • Indoor volleyball must comply with the rule of household, so can only be played between those from the same household or support bubble. Exemptions still apply for U18s, disabled athletes and students over the age of 18 across higher and further education. Supervisors and coaches are allowed into junior sessions, but spectators are not.
  • People should not travel either out of or into an area that falls into the VERY HIGH category for sport. Exemptions apply for U18s, disabled athletes and students over the age of 18 acros shigher and further education who may travel out of or into the area but only for the purpose of sport. Please take a responsible approach to travel and wear a facemask.

Sue Storey, CEO of Volleyball England, said: “My heart sunk when it was finally confirmed how the Covid alert levels will impact volleyball. Already hindered by the rule of six, these new restrictions – which we will follow to the letter - represent a further kick in the teeth for the tens of thousands of people that play indoor volleyball.

“With its health, social and economic benefits, sport is an incredibly powerful tool in the nation’s armoury, and it is our strong belief that we should be supporting, not undermining, people’s ability to play. These are difficult times and we must work together to combat Covid-19.”

NOTE: Guidance should be applied in the following order 1) UK Government guidance 2) guidance provided by the relevant venue 3) Volleyball England’s guidance 4) Volleyball club risk assessments.



Watch our Covid briefing on what the three-tier lockdown system means for volleyball.

How the new three-tier lockdown system impacts volleyball