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CORONA VIRUS UPDATE

BASKETBALL SHUTDOWN THROUGHOUT NOVEMBER

BASKETBALL FORCED TO TAKE 4-WEEK 'TIME-OUT'

Covid-19 Pandemic Locks Down Grassroots Basketball Throughout November

In response to the national rise in the reported cases of Covid-19, prime minister Boris Johnson has announced a four-week national lockdown as part of increased measures to counteract the spread of the coronavirus in ongoing attempts to protect lives across England.

The move comes following a vote by MPs on Wednesday, 4th November, to impose restrictions across the country to limit the contact the general public is permitted to engage in with people outside of their households, from the 5th November through to the 2nd December.  Restricting the number of people mixing together, during a pandemic, is aimed at limiting and reducing the spread of the disease, which has become necessary across England with Covid-19 cases reaching record highs.

Basketball England, the national governing body for basketball across England, has been in consultation with the Department of Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS), Sport England, and UK Sport and have now announced that, from Thursday 5 November, all non-elite basketball (training and competition) must stop for the duration of the lockdown and regress to Level 4 of Basketball England’s Return to Play guidance.   The sanctions are also for all youth leagues, clubs, recreational training, and competitions.

The announcement puts all LSB Hoopstars and club sessions on hold until 2nd December, or when the lockdown is lifted by the government. There were hopes from club coaches across the network that outdoor team training sessions could continue, but within government guidelines, training or exercising with more than one other person, not from the same household is not permitted.

Nhamo ShireCEO, LSB
"I know the latest lockdown announcement is not what any of our players, parents, coaches, and clubs wanted to hear right now, especially as we have all returned so successfully to coaching sessions across the city. But it's important for us all to understand we are all in this together and will all come through it together if we make the right plays at the right time. The government has the ultimate playbook on how we beat corona and have advised that a four-week pause on basketball in public spaces is the right thing to do to allow us to get back out onto court sooner rather than later. We've all got to play our role in doing what we can to restrict the spread of this virus and support one another as we go. We hope to be back on court, in line with government advice in early December."
Stewart KellettCEO, Basketball England
“Although this announcement and the temporary halt to the sport is disappointing and frustrating, we must all continue to play our part to follow the Government’s ruling and help the country get the virus under control. The health, safety, and well-being of our members and the wider basketball community remains our priority, so it is extremely important clubs, players, coaches, officials, officials, volunteers, parents, carers and facility providers adhere to the Government’s new national restrictions during this period. We will continue to talk to DCMS and hope to be able to resume activity as soon as the Government says that is possible.”

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