What the new lockdown means for volleyball in England
6th January 2021
Volleyball activity in England must stop for the duration of the new national lockdown.
Announced by the Prime Minister on Monday, 4th January, the lockdown has been introduced with immediate effect to curb the steep rise in Covid-19 infections and means that people may only leave their home for a limited number of reasons, as permitted in law.
While outdoor exercise is one of those exemptions, it is only if a strict set of conditions are followed:
- People should minimise time spent outside their home.
- People can only leave their home to exercise, and not for the purpose of recreation or leisure, and can do so alone, with their household or support bubble or, when on their own, with one person from another household.
- This should be limited to once per day, and individuals should not travel outside their local area.
- Equipment, such as a volleyball, must not be shared with someone from outside a household or support bubble.
- When around other people, individuals should stay 2m apart from anyone not in their household or their support bubble.
- Where this is not possible, they should stay 1m apart with extra precautions (such as wearing a face covering).
In addition, indoor and outdoor sports facilities must close but organised outdoor sport for disabled people can continue. There is also an exemption for elite sports persons.
The national lockdown is expected to last until at least the middle of February.
Sue Storey, CEO of Volleyball England, said: “While it is deeply disappointing to be entering yet another national lockdown, we understand it is necessary to keep people safe.
“Along with colleagues from across the sector, we will continue to lobby for sport and physical activity to play a central role in the country’s recovery from Covid-19. However, right now we must all focus on staying at home and thinking outside of the box to keep active.
“We know the lockdown will throw up all manner of challenges for members of the community and we encourage you to reach out and talk to us. We’re here to help and together we will get through this.”
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