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General return to play FAQs

Updated 09/09/20



Q: Can I travel to play badminton? 

A: Yes, but try to avoid public transport where possible to reduce pressure on it.

Q: What should I do if I am shielding? 

A: 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. Advise for people at high risk from coronavirus can be found here.


Q: What should I do if I have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace? 

A: 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. 


Badminton England Roadmap 

Q: Where and when will further updates to the Return to Badminton Roadmap be shared? 

A: All updates are posted to 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 


Leisure centres and indoor venues 

Q: Can badminton restart in my facility? 

A: Yes – in line with the latest Government guidance and our Return to Play road map indoor sport, including badminton has been able to return from the 25th July.  

Q: What types of badminton activity can return? 

A: Following the guidance outlined in Return to Play Guide  for facilities, venues are encouraged to re-introduce different forms of badminton activity to ensure appropriate opportunities for their users, members and communities. This includes casual, club and coach usage as well group activity such as No Strings sessions. The guide outlines recommendations in relation to each of these to support their safe and appropriate return. 

Q: How are badminton clubs and coaches prepared for the return of their sessions? 

A:Our clubs and coaches are ready to safely and appropriately administer and manage a return to their sessions thanks to their hard work in implementing the guidance in relation to return to play and the support and resources provided. An overview of how they are prepared and what has been introduced to safely administer their sessions can be found here

Q: How can I let you know about my facility’s current reopening situation? 

A: Through our Return 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 your 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. 

Q: Where can I play?

A: You can play outdoors or at indoor venues that have opened and are available for court bookings 

Q: Will my local venue be open? 

A: Not all venues will reopen straight away, so you will need to check with your normal venue first. 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 our Return to Play - Venue Feedback Form

Q: What will my venue be providing to ensure it is safe to play? 

A: All indoor venues are operating to strict guidelines on ensuring they are safe to use. Please take time to familiarise yourself with the way 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 risk assessment so you and your players are comfortable with the precautions put in place. 


Q: We normally play at a school site. When will that open? 

A: At this stage we do not know when school sites will reopen. We are working with the Department for Education and other partners to encourage the opening of school facilities for community use. 


Q: Do I need to book in advance to play? 

A: Yes, you will need to book in advance – you should check your venue’s arrangements. Group sessions, run for example by clubs or coaches, must operate a booking system to control numbers and you will need to be keep records for 21 days to support NHS Track and Trace. Badminton England has made a system to support this available for free to affiliated clubs and registered coaches. 


Q: Will all services and all areas of the building be open when my local facility reopens? 

A: You will need to contact your venue directly to find out what services they are resuming as it is highly likely that this will be limited in the first instances. This could affect café/restaurant facilities as well as changing rooms and court space. Our advice is that players should arrive and leave in their kit and avoid, wherever possible, using changing facilities. 



Q: What is the latest guidance on what I can do outdoors? 

A: Please check here for the latest guidance