Lancashire moved into Tier 4 restrictions, what it means for basketball

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PRESTON, England – Following the latest government announcements to combat the increase in COVID-19, the region of Lancashire has been moved into Tier 4 from December 31, which has brought about updated restrictions for basketball outlined by Basketball England.

Within Tier 4 regions, non-Elite Senior and Junior (Under-18) indoor activity is not permitted, including Myerscough’s Division 2, Division 3, Under-18 and Under-14 teams. Currently only elite competition and training can continue – BBL, WBBL, NBL Division One, WNBL Division One, EABL and WEABL.

Educationally based training is permitted for Under-18 players, however. For players over 18, non-elite rules apply and no competitions are permitted.

Basketball England joint Chief Operating Officer Charlie Ford said: “We understand the latest Government announcements will come as a further setback to everyone in the game. However, with infection rates on the rise, we must all observe the latest measures to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

“We will continue to seek further guidance from the Government in relation to our planned restart to Junior National League competitions and we will update everyone in the basketball community early in the New Year.”

The EABL is scheduled to resume on Jan. 13 with games missed in October, November and December to be added on to the end of the season. AoC Sport and BE suspended action in November in response to the government’s four-week lockdown.

Myerscough has played just three official games since the beginning of the 2020-21 season, all coming in the NBL Division One Lynch Trophy.

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Allen Gunn is a graduate of the University of Salford with a Masters degree in Journalism.