How the three-tier lockdown system impacts volleyball

1st December 2020

How the three-tier lockdown system impacts volleyball

When England emerges from the four-week national lockdown on Wednesday 2nd December, all areas of the country 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.

As DCMS has now published the full details of how sport will be impacted, we are able to set out what volleyball activity can and cannot take place in each tier. Restrictions in the tiered system are similar to those from before lockdown.

Sue Storey, Chief Executive of Volleyball England, said: “We have been working with other sports and Government officials to try and develop safe and secure plans for indoor sport to return to a greater extent. Having received confirmation on the eve of the tier system being re-introduced as to what volleyball activity will be able to take place, we’re disappointed that little has changed.

“Last week, we welcomed the Government announcement that volleyball activity would be able to return in the three-tier Covid-alert system from 2nd December. Unfortunately, large parts of the country have been placed in the higher tiers, which prevent all but a limited amount of activity.

“Sport should have a special place in the country’s plans to build back better and we will keep lobbying for change until that is achieved.” 

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 for more information.

Please enter your postcode on the following Government web page to check your area’s alert level and the other 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 outdoors.
  • Indoor volleyball can continue if the rule of six is followed. [UPDATED] Exemptions to the rule of six still apply for U18s*, disabled athletes and sport for educational purposes.

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 outdoors.
  • Indoor volleyball must comply with the rule of household, so it can only be played between those from the same household or support bubble. [UPDATED] Exemptions to the rule of six still apply for U18s*, disabled athletes and sport for educational purposes. 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 outdoors.
  • Indoor volleyball must comply with the rule of household, so can only be played between those from the same household or support bubble. [UPDATED] Exemptions still apply for U18s*, disabled athletes and sport for educational purposes. 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. [UPDATED] Exemptions apply for U18s*, disabled athletes and sport for educational purposes, whereby participants 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.

*This includes young people who were 17 at the start of the academic year, even if they turn 18 during the remainder of that year.

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.

More information to follow. If you have any questions, please email info@volleyballengland.org.

How the three-tier lockdown system impacts volleyball