Basketball has once again been brought to a halt after it was announced that a four-week national lockdown has been put in place.
The senior and junior leagues will be postponed until Basketball England are given an all clear to resume the fixtures.
The three-tier alert systems will still be in place when the lockdown is lifted.
Apart from the elite basketball leagues (BBL/WBBL and NBL 1/WNBL 1) all other leagues will be suspended until the start of 2021.
Basketball England CEO, Stewart Kellett, said: “Although this announcement and temporary halt to the sport is disappointing and frustrating, we must all continue to play our part to flow the Government’s ruling and help the country get the virus under control.”
From Thursday 5th November all non-elite training and competition must stop until the lockdown has lifted.
ICYMI— Basketball England (@bballengland) November 6, 2020
The current restrictions for basketball in England during the national lockdown ➡ https://t.co/r4VBzqgkYD pic.twitter.com/2CMzI6aBoZ
For Birmingham clubs this means they will not be playing in the foreseeable future with the highest men’s and women’s team being Team Birmingham Elite in division two.
Basketball England have created a ‘return to play’ roadmap with five different levels. Going into lockdown the Birmingham teams will be at level four of the roadmap.
Therefore, the restrictions are:
-Public gatherings up to two
-Two metre social distancing
-Limited travel times
-Addition of outdoor courts
-Play alone/with household/one other
Basketball England have said they will keep everyone in the basketball community up to date as the government rulings change.