Covid-19 guidance

On this page you will find all you need to know about recommended mitigations to reduce the risk of transmitting Covid-19 during volleyball, beach volleyball or sitting volleyball activity.
Towards the bottom of the page you will find useful links, downloads, and resources.
Have a question? If you can't find the information below, please check our frequently asked questions page or send an email to
Please note this page was last updated on 06/04/2022 to reflect new guidance from the NHS on the wider range of potential Covid-19 symptoms.


While we no longer require activity to follow our Government-approved volleyball-specific safety plans, we still recommend the community follows a smaller, yet still effective, set of safety mitigations to minimise the risk of transmitting Covid-19 between participants.

These recommendations apply to volleyball, beach volleyball and sitting volleyball in indoor and outdoor settings.

Government and venue-specific guidance must still be followed where relevant, in that order. Volleyball England and club-specific guidance follows.

Ultimately, the health and safety of members comes above all else.

We continue to monitor the situation and will provide further updates should the situation change. 

Before volleyball activity, we recommend that:

  • Outside of volleyball settings, Government and venue-specific guidance is followed.
  • Additional Covid mitigations are considered in activity risk assessments. The number of cases in the local area or participants with underlying health problems are key considerations.
  • Clubs maintain one Covid-19 Officer for all their activity.
  • All participants self-assess for Covid-19 symptoms. Please visit the NHS website for a comprehensive list of potential symptoms.
  • Those who have Covid-19 symptoms should take a lateral flow test immediately (or as close as possible) before a competition or training session – and to not attend if the result is positive.

During volleyball activity, we recommend that:

  • Participants maximise a playing space’s ventilation when indoors - even if, during adverse weather conditions, only for a short duration.
  • Participants regularly sanitise their hands.
  • Sitting volleyball activity uses the impermeable nets.
  • Limit the number of people in attendance.
  • Equipment, such as water bottles, are not shared. 
  • Training and warm-up activities are designed to limit face to face-to-face proximity of less than one-metre for more than three seconds at a time.
  • There are no congratulatory touches or handshakes. Participants are encouraged to touch elbows or bow instead.
  • Officials use electronic whistles.

Useful Links & Downloads

  • The Government's latest advice on Covid-19 - LINK
  • Volleyball England's Covid-19 guidance document for volleyball activity - LINK
  • Volleyball England Competitions Covid Addendum - LINK
  • Government guidance for sport facility operators - LINK
  • Covid-19 Officer role description - LINK
  • Sport England’s guide to creating a risk assessment - LINK
  • CPSU - safeguarding children through Covid-19 - LINK