Durham CFA, Northumberland FA and our 7 partner local authorities put in place necessary restrictions to ensure that football can continue at local level and meets local and national guidelines. It has been agreed by all parties that the current restrictions we have in place will remain for a further two weeks providing there are no additional restrictions put in place by Government. As an area we are currently in TIER 2 and hope that the actions the football family are taking will help to ensure we do not move to TIER 3 as that may well have an impact in playing opportunities. It is essential we all work together and keep our members and communities safe. The number of Covid-19 infections are strongly linked to social gatherings therefore we must ensure we all follow Government guidance and local restrictions involving travel, social distance, washing of hands and face coverings especially in hospitality areas and although it is recommended that spectators do not attend games we have acted to address this position, while keeping participants actively playing football on the pitch wherever we can. It is imperative that you do not attend or participate if you are displaying any symptoms of Covid-19, are awaiting a test result or are part of a household which is self-isolating. Please remember to consider Government messaging regarding "Hands,face and space". Whenever possible.
DFA Secretary John Topping added "Over the past couple of weeks many people have provided comments on the restrictions, some positive - some not. We all have to understand that if we do not put in place some restrictions and try our best together to restrict the spread of this virus, football and more importantly the way we live may well come to a halt. These restrictions are for the benefit of all and we have to look at them that way and do not take a selfish approach." The next review will be on Tuesday 3rd November