Coronavirus Update: Step Four Guidance

Monday 26th July 2021

Although the move to step four of the government's roadmap out of lockdown took place on Monday 19 July, it remains important for grassroots football club and their members - among them Royal Wootton Bassett Town - to continue to follow guidance issued by the government and the FA related to Covid 19. This is in order to minimise the risk of Covid 19 transmission.

To that end, Royal Wootton Bassett Town are in the process of amending its Covid 19 Risk Assessment and Method Statement. It is hoped that this will be published by the end of this week in time for the official start of the 2021-22 season for the club's senior sides.

In the meantime, members are advised to familiarise themselves with the changes that have taken place as a result of the move to step four of the government roadmap. These are summarised below and in the graphic produced by the FA:

  • On field adaptations for playing football are no longer required;
  • There are no legal limits on how many people can meet;
  • The one-metre-plus social distancing rule has been removed;
  • The definition of close contact remains the same, however the rules on self isolation will be changing from 16 August;
  • Face coverings are no longer required by law - however government advice continues to recommend wearing face coverings in crowded indoor settings, while they may be mandated by some organisations (including RWBTFC opponents and organisations responsible for facilities at which RWBTFC teams play);
  • There are no capacity limits for spectators - however good practice, including social distancing and the wearing of facemasks in enclosed areas - is encouraged;
  • Hospitality is permitted without restrictions;
  • Changing rooms can now be used - however participants should use their own judgment and minimise use where possible to avoid close contact in a crowded, indoor area for a prolonged time;
  • NHS Test and Trace QR codes are not required by law - but their use is encouraged;
  • Free NHS lateral flow testing is available to clubs and the FA encourages them to make use of this;
  • There are no longer any domestic travel restrictions - however participants should minimise the extent to which they share transport when travelling to and from football activities and continue to follow government advice on international travel for any fixtures/tournaments
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    Although no longer required to by law, visitors to the Gerard Buxton Sports Ground are encouraged to complete Track and Trace. This can be done via the NHS Covid Contact Tracing App by scanning the QR code below.

    NHS Covid-19 Test and Trace QR Code


    If you have any questions about Royal Wootton Bassett Town Football Club's Covid-19 policies, please contact Covid-19 Officer Andy Walduck by email.

    Last modified on Monday 26th July 2021 at 19:27.