Following the government update on 23rd June 2020 about the next phase of restrictions being lifted we have taken a little time to understand and interpret the changes (if any) for Rounders. Whilst we are all keen to get back to playing our wonderful sport the safety of our Rounders community is our first priority so we want to provide you with our latest update. Due to the current restrictions we unfortunately have to extend the current suspension of formal Rounders activities by a further month, until 31st July 2020. This is in line with government guidance as no more than 6 people from different households can meet up for exercise, unfortunately until it is safe to do so our suspension will remain in place. Following last week’s announcement the government have now published their latest details about the phased return of sport and recreation, you can now find this HERE.

In the meantime we have updated our training guidance to provide more clarity. Please be aware of the current restrictions for meeting and training with people from other households:

  • All activities must only be undertaken alone, with members of your household or, providing you are following social distancing guidelines, with up to but no more than 5 other people from outside your household
  • From 4th July, up to two households are permitted to gather in groups of more than 6 people indoors or outdoors, provided members of different households can follow social distancing guidelines. Otherwise, gatherings of more than 6 people indoors or outdoors continue not to be permitted, unless this is essential for work purposes
  • People who play team sports can meet to train together and do things like conditioning or fitness sessions but they must be in wholly separate groups of no more than 6 (including the coach/leader/trainer) and follow social distancing guidelines. Coaches, leaders and trainers should stay in their own group of 6 and not move between groups during the session. While groups can practice bat and ball skills, equipment sharing should be kept to a minimum and strong hand hygiene practices should be in place before and after. Physical contact with anyone outside of your household is not permitted, therefore playing of any games (small sided or full) is also not permitted at this time

NOTE: Indoor facilities and gyms remain closed.

We will of course be reviewing the situation in line with any changes to the restrictions and will inform you as and when this happens. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our amazing Rounders community for your engagement during lockdown; whether it be getting involved in the challenges, sharing your stories on social media or sending us your creative videos it is clear to see how amazing and supportive the Rounders family is.

We still have lots of fun things for you to get involved in, so please see HERE for more ideas on what you CAN do whilst we remain in this period of suspension.

Article by Rounders England:

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