This guidance should be used from January 2022 in line with Government guidance around Omicron variant and it should be continued to be used in any netball activity.
TEST, TRACE AND ISOLATION
The Government guidance around testing and self-isolation is evolving regularly and can vary based on vaccination status and/or age. Care should be taken by all to ensure they are complying with the current Government guidance. Please read the most recent updates .
The key points to remember are:
- From the 11 January 22 if you have a positive lateral flow test you no longer need to get a PCR test to confirm the result you must start your isolation period immediately.
- If you have symptoms please arrange to get a PCR test at the earliest opportunity and do not attend netball activity.
- Current guidance is if you are fully vaccinated the isolation period may be reduced to 7 days if you have a negative lateral flow test on day 6 & 7. Please refer to the government website to check the latest guidance should a positive test be received.
- Anyone who tests positive must not attend any netball activity in any capacity.
- Anyone who is identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive and is fully vaccinated or under 18 can continue to attend netball activity, they should however do a lateral flow test before attending and can only attend if this test is negative.
- Anyone who is identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive and is not fully vaccinated or under 18 must self isolate for 10 days and can not attend any netball activity.
- Registers should be maintained at netball activity so that COVID-19 Officers can advise on close contacts should any positive cases arise in the 48 hours following the activity.
It should be noted that fully vaccinated is currently an individual who received 2 vaccinations more than 2 weeks ago.
• Make an informed decision by participants considering their own health and circumstances to make an informed choice about being involved. Use of COVID-19 rule modifications reduce the risk in comparison to standard netball rules
• Self isolation – make sure it is understood people should not attend any netball activity if they are required to self-isolate
• Continue to promote clear messages around hand hygiene during all netball activity
- Maintaining sensible one way systems or other traffic flow systems as people arrive at any netball activity to avoid unnecessary and avoidable congestion
- Maintaining social distancing when not on court. There is no legal requirement to distance, but it should be encouraged where possible, particularly indoors Spectators are permitted but should, where possible, be encouraged to maintain social distancing and wear a face covering indoors, particularly if there are larger numbers of spectators
- Items such as water bottles and whistles should not be share
- Self assessment before attending any netball activity – simply assessing if they have any COVID-19 symptoms (high temperature, a new continuous cough, a loss or change to sense of smell or taste). They should be advised against attending if they have these symptoms and should take a COVID-19 test as per Government guidance
SANITISATION AND HYGIENE
In line with Government recommendations, to enable the game on court to return to standard rules whilst continuing to protect the Netball Family and minimise risk of transmission, sanitisation protocols should still be implemented. The following should remain in place, particularly in areas and at times when cases of COVID-19 are high:
- Netballs should continue to be sanitised. Within matches, this should be done at every break/quarter time and within training sessions and participation programmes, this should as a minimum be at the start and end of every session
- Care should be taken when sharing bibs to minimise the risk of droplet transmission. Where possible sharing of bibs should be minimised and bibs should be washed after each use. Single sets of bibs being used by multiple teams over multiple games during matches/ tournaments should be avoided
- Anyone arriving at any netball activity should sanitise their hands. Within matches, we recommend sanitising hands at every break or quarter time and within training activities, it should be encouraged during any drinks or water breaks
- Any equipment used within a training session such as spots, cones and ladders should be sanitised after use