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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.

END OF LOCKDOWN 2 STATEMENT (updated 30/11/20)

England Touch can now confirm that as of Wednesday, December 2nd the Association will be moving to STAGE 3 – PLAY in the Return to Play protocols.

This means that the following will be permitted:

  • Larger groups in training of up to 30 people
  • Full Touch rules in training, including intra-club matches
  • Local friendlies and leagues against teams within your town/immediate area

We ask players and teams to be mindful of local Covid-19 Tier restrictions, such as no travelling between areas which are in different Tiers. Head to for the latest information.

Clubs are also advised to update risk assessments to take the latest government guidance into account, and if you have not yet submitted your Return to Play paperwork to England Touch then please do so as soon as possible. You are reminded that failure to do so could invalidate your insurance.

Clubs also need to ensure that your affiliation is up-to-date to make the most of benefits such as public liability insurance and directors indemnity insurance.

LOCKDOWN 2 (updated 04/11/20)

Following the parliamentary vote confirming the four-week national lockdown in England on Wednesday, November 4th, England Touch can now confirm that all training and playing must be put on hiatus until further notice.

Grassroots sport has been prohibited during this period, and both outdoor and indoor leisure facilities – such as pitches available for hire – must close.

England Touch urges clubs to respect the terms of this lockdown and to not facilitate any training, whether organised or ad hoc.

Clubs and individuals need to note that outdoor activity is restricted to either:

  • Your own household or support/childcare bubble
  • No more than two individuals from different households

We are therefore at STAGE 1 of our Return to Play protocols. CLICK HERE to see more information.

Any specific questions can be sent to

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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