The worst affected leagues at our level are the Northern Premier and the Southern Premier Central. As mentioned previously, Yate and Weston in our division are impacted. The Isthmian Premier affected clubs are Folkestone Invicta and Margate.
Interesting, as this would preserve another income stream for clubs at our level:-
I've also seen government guidance that clubs in Tier 2 areas CAN sell alcoholic drinks EITHER when drinks are taken with a "substantial" meal (apparently a plate of soggy pasta or a scotch egg both qualify as "substantial"!) OR, and more importantly, if the drinks are consumed when sat in a stand or standing on a terrace. It's not yet clear if this guidance only applies to "Elite" sport* or also applies to Step 3+ clubs. I daresay the FA and the leagues will be seeking clarity on this sooner rather than later.
*FA rules bar drinking alcohol on the terraces etc from the EPL down to Conference National, so this may be aimed more at rugby games and horse racing meetings.
So, as before, government guidance has been getting ever more muddled once specifics are examined!
The bigger picture (from a spectator perspective), would buying a cup of tea or beer and drinking it while watching a game of football in a suitably socially-distanced way represent an unacceptable increased risk of spreading COVID-19? Hmmm, in my opinion the risk would be similar to buying a take-out coffee from a Costa or wherever.
Not a drinker myself, but I have seen many an instance when beer has been drunk on our terrace, brought out from the Clubhouse, albeit in plastic glasses. No bottles or glass of course! If WBC have given permission for the outside tea bar, then that should work ok for RBC and us. We also tried to sell beer from the outside tea bar at one time, but not sure how it worked out financially or practically!
The Clubs in membership of the Northern Premier, Southern and Isthmian Leagues (The Trident Leagues) met earlier this week to consider the challenges and issues brought about by the reintroduction of Tiers after the raising of the nationwide lockdown with effect from yesterday.
The Clubs were asked to vote on a proposition that the pause in fixtures be continued with a regular review in light of changes to the Tiers and/or grants becoming available. The first review to be no later than 16th December. The total votes cast by the 224 Clubs show a substantial number of Clubs in agreement with the proposition. The matter has been considered today and is subject to comment by The FA.
So a "substantial number of clubs", but, perhaps not a majority? I smell the vote was horribly split and the leagues have passed the buck up to the FA. This could have the makings of an almighty mess.
Meanwhile, the Combined Counties League (whose member clubs are in Tier 2 apart from Jersey Bulls) are resuming their fixtures. Camberley, Ash, Cove and Fleet Spurs all have home games tomorrow. The Wessex League is also restarting, however Fleet are not scheduled to play tomorrow due to other clubs being involved in the FA Vase.