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This page provides the latest advice, guidance and information around England Touch and COVID-19 for all participants in the game. It will be updated as and when changes occur.

LOCKDOWN 3 Implications for Touch and training (updated 04/01/21)

England Touch has issued the following advice to all clubs and individuals.

As of Monday, January 4th, all team-based Touch activity must now cease. This applies to clubs and groups of friends across England and includes group fitness sessions and ball skill work, as well as training and matches. Any fitness conducted via video conferencing is permitted, as it was in the spring.

England Touch is therefore now in Stage 1: Prepare and will remain in this stage until further notice.

CLICK HERE to remind yourself of our Return to Play stages.

Households and support bubbles are able to exercise away from your house once per day, and individuals can meet with one other person outdoors for exercise once per day. You should not travel outside your local area to do so.

You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with and are not in a support bubble with and should stay two metres apart from anyone not in your household.

The latest information from the UK Government can be seen by CLICKING HERE.

The entire country remains in unprecedented times and we urge everyone in the Touch family to follow the guidance to help bring the pandemic under control, protecting themselves and those they care about.

Despite this lockdown the England Touch management is continuing to plan for a summer season and to grow the sport across all sections of society to help improve physical and mental health once we are able to return to the playing fields.

We wish everyone in the Touch family the best of health.

Any specific questions can be emailed to or your club representative can ask it via the Return to Play WhatsApp group.

There is more general advice about sport and exercise on the Sport England website.

There are six stages in our Return to Play plans - 1. Prepare, 2. Train, 3. Play, 4. Local, 5. Regional, 6. National.

Downloadable documents

England Touch Return to Play Action Plan – August 2020

England Touch Return to Play: COVID-19 Self-declaration form

England Touch Return to Play: Before activity

England Touch Return to Play: During activity

England Touch Return to Play: After activity

England Touch Return to Play: COVID-19 Code of Conduct

England Touch Return to Play: Template risk assessment for clubs and leagues

England Touch Return to Play: Template risk assessment for coaches

England Touch Return to Play: Useful resources

England Touch Return to Play: Track and trace QR code example

England Touch Return to Play: COVID-19 Incident form

Coronavirus symptoms reminder

If you are showing any coronavirus symptoms whatsoever then do not train, and if you develop symptoms after a session you must inform whoever ran your session so they can inform others for self-isolating purposes.

These include:

  • Persistent dry cough
  • Persistent high temperature
  • Persistent loss of taste and/or smell

CLICK HERE for the government’s latest guidance regarding a phased return to outdoor activity.

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