Return to Play Update - 23 April

Over the next few days there will be a few changes to each home nation’s return to play status. Below we have outlined the details for each, and we also try to provide some clarification on the situation moving forward. 

We will update the Return to Play infographic in line with the changes that are outlined below.

 

England
 
Following the last few weeks of being in Phase C, we now confirm that as of Monday 26th April, players will be permitted to play at Phase D. However, this is for internal training only
 
We expect that competitive play against other teams at Phase D will be permitted once travel restrictions are eased (so that car sharing is permitted) and we are hopeful that this will happen on 17th May. 
 
Northern Ireland

From Friday 23rd April, after reviewing the guidance that has been issued by NI Sport, players will be able to play at Phase C
 
NI Sport have also updated their guidance to state “squad training in some sports may be larger but only to the level that is necessary to prepare for competitive sport.” We understand this to mean that Ultimate teams will be able to train in groups larger than 15, as for competitions, team numbers usually exceed this. However, all usual considerations should be taken into account, and we continue to strongly recommend that for group sizes of more than approximately 30 people, the group is split up into bubbles that essentially do not mix before, after or during the session.
 
Scotland
 
As of Monday 26th April, Scotland will be returning to their Protection Levels strategic framework. It is currently expected that all areas will be moving to Level 3.
 
For Level 3, the guidance states that all organised sport, except adult contact sport, will be permitted outdoors. This means that from Monday, players in Level 3 areas will be able to play at Phase B in groups of 30. 
 
It has been announced that the Scottish government expects the whole of Scotland to be at least Level 2 by 17th May, at which point we hope to announce the move to Phase D. 
 
Wales
 
From Monday 26th April, the Welsh government has announced that “organised outdoor activities for up to 30 adults” will be permitted. As the guidance still specifies that “all reasonable measures must be taken to maintain physical distancing”,  Wales will be permitted to return to play at Phase C
 
At this point, after reviewing the Welsh roadmap and other sports’ published guidance, we do not expect Wales to be able to play at Phase D until mid-June. However, we will continue to monitor the situation and we will publish an update if this changes. 
 
Travel Restrictions

Currently, travel between the home nations is permitted, however there are still restrictions on car-sharing. We understand how fundamental it is for players to share cars for the purpose of playing competitive fixtures. We are continuing to monitor the guidance that is published, and expect that there will continue to be limitations until at least 17th May.