It was confirmed by Government that from 19 July, in England, most of the legal restrictions relating to Covid-19 would end. As a result of this England Hockey are now releasing new guidance, Managing Covid within Hockey, that conforms with Step 4 of the Government roadmap out of lockdown and is applicable to all hockey activity from 19 July.
The easing of restrictions has seen an end to previous legal gathering limits and the requirement for social distancing. This confirms that there are no longer any limits on the number of people that can participate in, and spectate, hockey, both indoors and outdoors. It also removes the limitations on changing rooms, clubhouses, hospitality and domestic travel.
Although a lot of the previous measures put in place to keep us safe are no longer required by law, England Hockey would like to see a continuation of much of the good practice that clubs and the community have implemented over the past year to help everyone keep returning with confidence. The Government are also emphasising the need for caution as we continue to ease out of lockdown.
So what is in the updated guidance?
Still required by England Hockey
England Hockey still require all clubs and organisations to have a registered Covid Officer
No longer required by England Hockey
- Participants needing to sign a participation agreement
England Hockey recommended good practice - guidance here - the main headlines as follows:
- Attendance registers (however, they no longer need to be submitted to England Hockey)
- Covid specific risk assessments
- Following the Planning Safe Hockey guide
Government guidance - guidance here - the main headlines as follows:
- Self-assessment for Covid-19 symptoms before participating
- Informed decisions and self-isolation
- NHS Test and Trace
Please be aware that such activity carries with it inherent risks due to the transmissibility of Covid-19 and that by signing this agreement, you acknowledge you are aware of these risks and agree to the terms and conditions set out by EH, the Government and TVHC's Policies and Guidelines.
TVHC reserves the right to ban individuals who repeatedly contravene this guidance and you will be asked to leave the premises immediately.
Positive behaviours will help towards keeping everyone safe.
We are aware that some members may be feeling anxious about returning to hockey activities. Please contact your coach, manager, member of the committee, welfare officer or Covid Officer, if you have any questions worries or comments.
Returning to hockey is really good news and will enable our members to re-connect with their friends and team mates and to start pre-season training.
Further guidance available