Previous Statements COVID-19 Update - 23 February 2021 The Government has set out a roadmap for easing restrictions based on several key factors over the next few months. Whilst Boccia England cautiously welcomes this announcement, it is important that we understand that there are a number of considerations that need to be addressed before we allow boccia to return which will not be for some time. With the support of the Covid-19 Working group and our Competition Review Group we are working to ensure that a clear roadmap for return to boccia is in place for members and clubs to follow. We expect to share this roadmap by the end of March 2021. In the meantime indoor gyms and sports facilities remain closed and therefore no boccia is allowed until advised. COVID-19 Update - 8 January 2021 On Monday 4 January, the Prime Minister announced a new national lockdown to counter the steep rise in coronavirus (Covid-19) infections in England. The new restrictions became law on Wednesday 6 January and more information about what is and isn't allowed is available on the government’s website. This means that indoor gyms and sports facilities will remain closed and therefore no boccia is allowed during the current national lockdown. COVID-19 Update - 20 December 2020 We know this is a hugely challenging time for all our members and volunteers and we continue to monitor the situation, updating our guidance as the situation changes. A four-tier system of restrictions is now in place in England. There are different restrictions impacting on boccia activity, depending on what alert level tier an area is in: Tier 1 (medium) Tier 2 (high) Tier 3 (very high) Tier 4 (stay at home) A live list of the areas that fall within each area can be found here. In response to the latest restrictions, Boccia England has updated our summary of what this means for a return to boccia. Please use this summary alongside the full guidance document which we have also updated. Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from Covid-19 The government has developed guidance for everyone who has been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable. If you are in this group, you will previously have received a letter from the NHS or from your GP telling you this. You may have been advised to shield in the past. General Advice As you are aware, the situation surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to change, and so our advice remains for you to check government guidance available. The Government’s general advice states it is critical that everybody observes the following key behaviours: HANDS – Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds. FACE – Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. SPACE – Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place. Please get in touch with us if you have questions about the return of your club activity.