Statement from Bedfordshire FA CEO - Alan Young
Following the recent announcement from Public Health England that Luton has been designated as an area of intervention, the Bedfordshire Football Association have been instructed by both Luton Borough Council and the Public Health Advisor that restrictions will be put in place with immediate effect. Clubs and players residing in Luton should follow the guidance below until further notice:
- You should stay at home wherever possible
- Only meet up with others outside and always keep a two metre distance
- Don’t meet in large groups – People should not gather outside in groups greater than six individuals (Unless they are from the same household)
- Training sessions should be limited to no more than 6 participants (5 players and 1 coach)
- Sessions should be non-contact to ensure social distancing is maintained
- Equipment should not be shared and should be sanitised before and after sessions
- Coaches should ensure that players limit the touching of equipment with their hands wherever possible.
- Hands should be washed on a regular basis
The Bedfordshire Football Association will NOT sanction any friendly matches or tournaments/festivals involving Luton clubs until further notice.
These restrictions will remain in place until we receive further guidance from the Local Authority and Public Health England. The Bedfordshire Football Association would advise its clubs and members to only proceed with sessions if they can adhere to the above points whilst ensuring the safety of all those in attendance.
Statement from Luton Borough Council:
Luton Local Lockdown from 24 July 2020 will impact on indoor and outdoor sport and physical activity
Following an increase in coronavirus cases in Luton, senior leaders and public health figures from the council have met with central government officials and agreed that gyms, pools, and other leisure facilities will not reopen as planned on 25 July.
Other local measures being taken include:
- further increasing testing capacity across the town (details will be available shortly)
- Keeping play areas closed
- increased enforcement against businesses that are not compliant with guidelines or that fail to show they are Covid-19 safe
- new guidance from the council’s Director of Public Health that people should not make social visits to other people’s homes
The council continues to urge residents to follow these guidelines:
- stay at home as much as possible
- if meeting up with others, do so outside
- don’t meet in large groups – people should not gather outside in groups greater than six individuals (unless they are from the same household)
- keep a 2 metre distance from people outside of your household at all times
- wash your hands regularly
- wear a face covering in all enclosed public spaces where it is difficult to keep 2 metres apart
- book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus and self-isolate if you have any symptoms, however mild
The effectiveness of these measures will be continuously monitored and further steps may have to be taken if necessary.
Further details are available via the following link