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This page provides the latest advice, guidance and information around England Touch and COVID-19 for all participants in the game. It will be updated as and when changes occur.

LOCKDOWN 3 Return to Play timetable for spring 2021 (updated 05/03/21)

England Touch has announced the timetable for Return to Play based on the UK Government’s current plans to scale down the spring lockdown.

At the time of writing (Friday, March 5th) England Touch is currently in Stage 1: Prepare of our six-stage Return to Play protocols.

Further to the recent announcement that organised sport will be possible across England from March 29th, England Touch will be moving to Stage 4: Local on the same day.

This means that the following will be possible:

  • Full Touch rules in training with groups of up to 30 people
  • Club training, including intra-club matches
  • Local leagues, ie teams from the same town
  • Fixtures between two teams from different towns
  • Local tournaments of up to four teams

Should the reduction in Covid-19 cases continue and the UK Government move to its next step out of lockdown on April 12th, then England Touch will move into Stage 5: Regional on April 26th.

This will include:

  • Regional tournaments of up to eight clubs
  • The provision of Regional Development Series
  • In-person coaching and referee courses at regional locations

Throughout the Return to Play process England Touch’s affiliated clubs are reminded to ensure that all of your risk assessments, operational plans and all other documentation are fully up-to-date.

CLICK HERE to remind yourselves of all the England Touch Return to Play stages – it has been a while, after all!

In the meantime we wish everyone in the Touch community the very best of health.

Any specific questions can be emailed to or your club representative can ask it via the Return to Play WhatsApp group.

There is more general advice about sport and exercise on the Sport England website.

There are six stages in our Return to Play plans - 1. Prepare, 2. Train, 3. Play, 4. Local, 5. Regional, 6. National.

Downloadable documents

England Touch Return to Play Action Plan – August 2020

England Touch Return to Play: COVID-19 Self-declaration form

England Touch Return to Play: Before activity

England Touch Return to Play: During activity

England Touch Return to Play: After activity

England Touch Return to Play: COVID-19 Code of Conduct

England Touch Return to Play: Template risk assessment for clubs and leagues

England Touch Return to Play: Template risk assessment for coaches

England Touch Return to Play: Useful resources

England Touch Return to Play: Track and trace QR code example

England Touch Return to Play: COVID-19 Incident form

Coronavirus symptoms reminder

If you are showing any coronavirus symptoms whatsoever then do not train, and if you develop symptoms after a session you must inform whoever ran your session so they can inform others for self-isolating purposes.

These include:

  • Persistent dry cough
  • Persistent high temperature
  • Persistent loss of taste and/or smell

CLICK HERE for the government’s latest guidance regarding a phased return to outdoor activity.

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