**Latest News** - August 2021
England Hockey have now amended their requirements and 'Return to Play' guidance as the Country emerges from lockdown. Many of the measures previously put in place to keep us all safe are no longer required by law. However the Good Practice measures put in place by our Club will continue so that all our members can return to playing Hockey with confidence. Please note the following:
- No gathering limits so there is no limit on participation numbers, either for players on pitch or spectators (who are now very welcome back).
- No social distancing required so there is now no restriction on changing rooms, clubhouse or for travel to and from matches.
- Attendance registers at training and games will be maintained automatically as now all availability is entered on Pitchero.
- We will continue to undertake appropriate Risk Assessments at all our facilities.
- We strongly recommend you continue to use Hand sanitisers which will remain at the Pitch and Clubhouse
- EH recommends players continue to follow Respectful Practices. This is not compulsory but includes 'Stick tap' as an alternative to hand shake, spitting is discouraged and be mindful of your distance and shouting to communicate with other players and officials.
- Self-assessment for Covid-19 symptoms – before attending any activity all participants should self-assess for Covid-19 symptoms. The main symptoms of Covid-19 are: a high temperature; a new continuous cough; a loss of, or change to, sense of smell of taste.
- Informed decisions and self-isolation – participants should consider the health and safety of themselves and others in attendance. If an individual or anyone they live with has Covid-19 symptoms, they should not attend any activity. Follow the NHS guidance on symptoms and testing, and self-isolation.
- Hygiene – continue to follow good hygiene practices, such as frequent cleaning of surfaces and touch points. Water bottles and refreshment containers should not be shared, individuals should be encouraged to bring their own. Do not spit or rinse out mouth around playing area. Try alternatives to shaking hands.
- Equipment – avoid sharing equipment where it is possible and practical. Where equipment needs to be shared, it should be cleaned between users. Equipment that is regularly touched by hands should be sanitised at regular intervals.
- Face coverings – although no longer required, it is expected and recommended that individuals wear face coverings in crowded and enclosed settings. Face coverings should not generally be worn during strenuous activity.
England Hockey Return to Hockey Guidance
Who to contact at our club
Dr Pete Barker is the Club Covid Officer. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pete can be contacted if you have any Hockey Covid-related queries. You should also contact him if you develop symptoms of Covid infection or have a positive test and have played any hockey recently