MOST local football fixtures are expected to go ahead this weekend despite South Yorkshire's imminent move into Tier 3 lockdown.
Outdoor sport is allowed as part of the tighter social distancing due to come into force at 00:01 BST on Saturday as long as fixtures are carried out in line with Covid-secure guidance. However, local authorities can impose their own restrictions.
The decision has impacted on some sports, with Rotherham Hockey Club following England Hockey advice to cancel all games against clubs from outside Tier 3 areas, starting this weekend.
The latest developments come after six football matches in the Rotherham Sunday League were called off last weekend, bringing the total postponed due to virus related concerns this season to ten.
Secretary Mark Pilley said: “Players were either showing signs of the coronavirus or awaiting the result of tests.
“In those circumstances we don't have to call games off but it is better to be safe than sorry and that is the approach we are taking.”
The Sunday League isn't the only league to be impacted by the pandemic.
Swallownest had to postpone a midweek fixture at Skegness Town recently after a coronavirus scare in the camp.
Last weekend, Phoenix's Central Midlands League fixture away to Collingham was shelved after a Covid-19 outbreak at the Nottinghamshire club.
Rotherham's Northern Counties East League clubs Maltby Main, Parkgate and Swallownest look set to be able to fulfil fixtures against teams from outside Tier 3 areas in line with FA directives issue last week.
Players are safe to travel into and out of Tier 3 areas as it is considered that they are going to a "place of work," home fans must socially distance and adhere to the "Rule of 6" but away supporters are allowed but are being advised to follow Government guidance and not travel into and out of Tier 3 areas.
It is assumed clubhouses must remain closed in line with the Government's guidance on pubs and restaurants.