General Return To Play FAQs

Badminton Roadmap

All updates are posted to our Return to Play hubReturn To Play and we endeavour to provide regular and timely information as Government guidelines evolve. The content hub on our website also includes details of the Covid-19 support available from Badminton England 

The Government will confirm if the country can move to the next stage of their roadmap one week before the proposed date. Following that they will release their full guidance relating to that stage. Only once we have received both of these will we be able to update and release the latest badminton guidance.   

Outdoor Badminton

Yes – singles and doubles for both recreational and organised activity is permitted. 

Social play is defined as activity that is informal and self organised. Organised activity must be formally organised by a qualified instructor, club, national governing body, company, or charity.

There are group size limits for both recreational and organised activity. For outdoor activity this is a maximum group size of 30. 

A pre-booking system which will enable you to keep attendance records for all sessions and matches, including who played in what groups for a minimum of 21 days is required in order to comply with the NHS Test and Trace. To help meet this need, Badminton England has made a booking system available (Discover Badminton) to affiliated clubs to manage your sessions and groups. 

Yes – competition is permitted in line maximum group size limits.

Yes spectators are permitted. They must adhere to social distancing rules and social gathering limits (30 outdoors); you may have more than one group of spectators but number must be aligned with maximum venue capacity.

Badminton in schools can return under the jurisdiction of the school who have the flexibility to decide how physical education, sport and physical activity will be provided whilst following the measures in their system of controls. Schools are also able to work with external coaches, clubs and organisations for curricular activities where they are satisfied that it is safe to do so. Further guidance relating to PE and school sport can be found on the Government website 

Badminton England have developed resources to support the return of badminton for both schools and coaches. Visit the Badminton England Resource Hub to access these. 

Indoor Badminton

All updates are posted to the Return to Play hub Return To Play and we endeavour to provide regular and timely information as Government guidelines evolve. The content hub on our website also includes details of the Covid-19 support available from Badminton England. 
 
The Government will confirm if the country can move to the next stage of their roadmap one week before the proposed date. Following that they will release their full guidance relating to that stage. Only once we have received both of these will we be able to update and release the latest badminton guidance. 

Social play is defined as activity that is informal and self organised. Organised activity must be formally organised by a qualified instructor, club, national governing body, company, or charity.

Yes, from the 17th May organised group activity can return indoors across multiple households. This will allow the return of club sessions, group sessions (e.g. No Strings Badminton), group coaching and competition.  

For social play, you must follow the rule of six for groups or a maximum of two households. For organised group activity, the maximum group size is 16. Subject to the available space and being able to maintain social distancing, you can operate more than one group in a venue. For ease of management, we recommend operating a ratio of 8 people per court. 

Yes, singles and doubles are permitted against other households in line with maximum groups sizes. 

General

Yes, travelling to play badminton is permitted (not restricted to your local area) along with overnight stays in line with Government guidance.

Always check that it’s safe to travel before you set out to take part in sport or recreation.

Yes. Car sharing is permitted in line with Government guidance. Please see the government’s travel guidance for further information.

From 1 August 2020, people in England who are at high risk from coronavirus will no longer be advised to shield. If you are classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds, you are advised to rigidly follow government guidelines to protect yourself. Advice for people at high risk from coronavirus can be foundhere.

 If someone test positive for coronavirus, they must share information promptly and accurately about recent contacts through NHS Test and Trace to help them alert other people who may need to self-isolate. It’s a legal requirement to self-isolate if someone test positive or are told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace. You could be fined if you do not self-isolate. 

If you have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace because you are a contact of a known COVID-19 case, do not exercise outside your own home or garden and do not exercise with others; you can spread the virus to others even if you never get symptoms.

Research and evidence is still being developed in terms of the transmission of Covid19 by those who have been vaccinated. As such, the Government advises that those who have been vaccinated should continue to follow the guidelines and restrictions in place relating to their roadmap. This means, at present, all players should ensure they are following Badminton England guidance in relation to return to play. 

Leisure Centres and Indoor Venues

We are actively working to help get more facilities reopened, in order for us to understand these challenges, please let us know if your facility is open or closed by completing ourReturn to Play – Venue Feedback Form  

Further information about our facility support and guidance can be found here or  search for venue near you   

Through ourReturn to Play – venue feedback form. It is important that we are aware of the local and national picture when it comes to facilities so we can share this information with the badminton community and can focus our support where it is needed most. We therefore appreciate you updating us on your facility’s situation. For open facilities it allows us to share this information with the badminton community so we can work together to help more people get back on court. We are also keen to hear if yourvenue has to remain closed for the time being so that we can help our clubs and coaches find alternatives so they can return to play.

All indoor venues will be operating to strict guidelines on ensuring they are safe to use. Please take time to familiarise yourself with theway your venue is operating, what facilities are available etc. You should check what happens when you arrive at the venue and the arrangements for dropping off and picking up children at sessions. There may also be changes on session length and changeover times. You should ask your venue for a copy of its riskassessment,so you and your players arecomfortable with the precautions put in place.

Indoor facilities are permitted to open as part of step three (17th May). The decision to reopen school facilities to community users is the jurisdiction of the school itself so discussions will be needed local to determine the situation relating to your facility. Badminton England have developed resources to support these discussions, available in our return to play hub, and have developed partnerships with school facility management companies to ensure a safe return to a number of school venues as soon as possible. 

Our clubs and coaches are ready to safely and appropriately administer and manage a return to their sessions thanks totheir hard work in implementing the guidance in relation to return to play andthe support and resources provided. 

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