The FA have worked continuously alongside the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) and leagues to submit detailed proposals for a phased and limited return of spectators.
The DCMS has now clarified its guidance on the return to recreational team sport and clubs at steps 3 to 6 of the National League System are permitted to accommodate a phased and limited return of spectators to fixtures. However, they must the UK Government’s guidance in relation to COVID-19 and The FA’s updated guidelines for the NLS.
In addition, regional NLS feeder league clubs and clubs at tiers 5 and 6 of the WFP are permitted to accommodate socially-distanced spectators in line with The FA’s guidelines for grassroots football.
All clubs at steps 3 to 6 of the NLS are required to have a designated COVID-19 Officer, for Newark Football Club is Glenn Cobb, Vice Chair. In addition, the Football Club produced and has published a COVID-19 Security Risk Assessment and a Action Plan; and have put in place measures to implement and support NHS Track and Trace. These phases are:
From 22/08/2020 to 30/08/2020, spectators are permitted to attend fixtures at steps 3 to 6 of the NLS, providing that their number does not exceed 15% of the minimum ground grading capacity at these levels or respective figures set out within our updated guidelines – for the Football Club this means a maximum of 150 spectators; and
If a club at these levels does not play any fixtures during this period, it must have played at least one pre-season or competitive fixture in accordance with its respective level of spectators before moving on to Phase Two.
From 31/08/2020, clubs at steps 3 to 6 of the NLS will be permitted to allow spectators to attend fixtures provided that their number does not exceed 30% of the minimum ground grading capacity at their level or the respective figures set out within our updated guidelines. However, they must be satisfied that they have been able to comply with the Government’s guidance on the return to recreational team sport and The FA’s updated guidelines.
The phased and limited return of spectators at these levels will be kept under constant review in line with the UK Government’s guidelines and will be amended accordingly as required.
Details of our plans and risk assessments are detailed within the document links section.