WFL Club Secretaries – Managers - Representatives
Covid19 is here to stay at least for a long while yet, we cannot postpone games left right and centre, we will never finish the season, we did manage it last season, all cups were expunged, teams played double headers – mid-week and in some cases twice mid-week to conclude and the season was extended .
On a normal Sunday before covid existed, if a team could not field a team, due to players having a cold flu, stomach bug, measles, chicken pox, mumps, diarrhoea, sickness, or injuries it would be deemed a non-fulfilment of fixture, fine and the game awarded to the opposition. Subject to appeal.
We cannot treat covid any differently, if a team cannot play it is deemed non-fulfilment
Effectively no matches at any age group should be postponed due to COVID, unless players actually are positive for it (and this can be confirmed by clubs using PCR results players receive).
If teams cannot play due to illness or injury documentary evidence of their being unable to field a team is required. doctors letters, hospital letters, proof of positive covid test, letter from the school confirming child’s absence etc. letters from parents are not acceptable. These they need to be provided to the league secretary Tracy Hudson, the leagues designated Covid officer Lisa Rees and the relevant fixture secretary who will review in these circumstances.
Instead of self-isolating, those who are double jabbed and under 18s identified as close contacts of positive coronavirus (COVID-19) cases are advised to get a (PCR) test as soon as possible
From Monday 16 August, people who are double jabbed or aged under 18 will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. The change was announced last month, as part of step 4 of the government’s COVID-19 roadmap. With 75% of people having received both doses of the vaccine, the majority of adults will no longer need to self-isolate if they are contacts.
As of Monday, double-jabbed individuals and under 18s who are identified as close contacts by NHS Test and Trace will be advised to take a PCR test as soon as possible to check if they have the virus and for variants of concern. People can order a PCR home test online or by calling 119, or going to a test site.
So as long as the player does a PCR test and it is negative they have to play and have as no need to self-isolate anymore.