06 September 2021 – Latest Coronavirus Guidance

The latest FA guidance states:

Examples of close contact include:

• Face-to-face contact under one metre for any length of time – including talking to someone or being coughed on;
• Being within one metre of each other for one minute or longer;
• Being within two metres of each other for more than 15 minutes in total in one day;
• Travelling in the same vehicle.

If a player tests positive on a team there is not a need for the other players to self-isolate, unless they were in close contact, have been contacted by Test and Trace, have developed symptoms or tested positive themselves. Therefore, players and clubs should consider how they can reduce the likelihood of close contact occurring.

From the 16th August, those who are fully vaccinated and under-18s will not have to self-isolate, unless they test positive for Covid or develop symptoms, in which case they must isolate. There must also be a two-week gap (i.e. 14 days) between your second vaccination and this exemption coming into effect. If you are over 18 and not fully vaccinated, you will still need to isolate if you come into close contact with someone with Covid.

It is important to note that players must continue to self-assess and if they are experiencing any symptoms and awaiting a test result, they must stay at home.

If you require any further guidancem this can only be obtained from Robert Craven at the ECFA on 01245 393082
or e-mail robert.craven@essexfa.com