Sunday league bosses have decided to delay the re-start of the season over concerns about the high Covid-19 rate in Nuneaton and Bedworth.

Nuneaton and District Sunday Football League (NDSFL) committee members said it was difficult to justify staging matches with up to 40 people per game when one of the Tier 3 restrictions prevents people from different households mixing with someone they do not live with.

Andy Baggott, NDSFL chair, said: “We have decided to put the start date back to January 3rd 2021 given that we are in Tier 3 and Nuneaton and Bedworth has the highest numbers of cases in Warwickshire.

“We feel we have a wider responsibility to the residents of Nuneaton and Bedworth and to the local NHS to help reduce the number of cases and the spread of this disease.

“We all want a normal Christmas and in taking the decision we have we hope this can happen. Councillor Julie Jackson issued a plea last week to residents to follow the guidelines so we also want to do our bit to support that and encourage everyone to do so.”

He added that it will have an impact but he hopes that the teams understand why they have taken the decision.

“I’m sure players will be disappointed but hopefully will understand why we’ve taken this step. We intend to be back in January.”

Tier 3 impact

As we reported in our newsletter, Nuneaton and Bedworth is baring the brunt of the blame for Warwickshire moving into Tier 3.

Calls are already being made for the county to be moved out of Tier 3.

Concerns have been raised locally about the impact Tier 3 restrictions will have on the borough’s hospitality businesses, including from the Town Hall leader, councillor Julie Jackson.

Nuneaton and Bedworth CAMRA (Campaign For Real Ale) said the area being plunged into the toughest restrictions was the ‘worst news possible’ for local watering holes.

It is known that the Tiering levels will be reviewed on December 16, which adds extra importance to the drive to bring down the rates in the borough.

Moves are being made to bring down the Covid-19 rate and these are set to continue in the coming weeks.

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