Lockdown: What Government's new ruling means for basketball

  Wednesday, November 4, 2020

The UK Government has imposed a four-week national lockdown as part of increased measures to tackle the spread of Covid-19 following a vote by MPs on Wednesday, November 4.

Basketball England have sought guidance from the Department of Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS), Sport England and UK Sport and can confirm that, from Thursday 5 November, the following restrictions must be observed. 

What basketball cannot take place during lockdown? 

All non-elite basketball (training and competition) must stop from Thursday for the duration of the lockdown and regress to Level 4 of Basketball England’s Return to Play guidance, this includes: 

NBL Division Two and Three club training and competition, which includes the Magic Seniors.

All Jnr. NBL training and competition, including all Magic and Mystics Junior teams. (Following Government feedback NBL U18 Premier is no longer deemed as ‘Elite’ and therefore will also move to Level 4 of Basketball England’s return to play roadmap.)

All other Senior and Junior local league, recreational training, and competition, meaning no community sessions at the Manchester Basketball Centre can take place.

EABL, WEABL and ABL competition is postponed until at least January 2021 in line with AoC Sport guidance, meaning the Magic and Mystics Academy will not have games.

What basketball can take place during lockdown? 

BBL/WBBL and NBL1/WNBL1 training and competition - permitted under the Government’s 'elite' exemption. NBL1/WNBL1 subject to viability (venue access etc) and receiving financial support from DCMS – meaning the Mystics WBBL side will be able to play games behind closed doors.


Although the initial period of the lockdown is four weeks, it is unclear whether this will be extended by the Government and what local restrictions (venue access etc) will be in place when the country returns to the three-tier alert system. 

As and when the country returns to the Government’s three-tier alert system, Basketball England will reassess the situation. 




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