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Maidenhead United and Slough Town will continue to play matches despite national lockdown

Maidenhead United and Slough Town will continue to play matches behind closed doors, despite a new national lockdown being announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday.

People living in England may have been told to stay home to save lives as a new variant of COVID-19 spreads across the country, but elite sport is allowed to carry on, and that includes the National League.

Games and training in non-elite football and sport – including all adult and youth grassroots teams – have been suspended, however, some outdoor sport for disabled people is allowed to continue.

For those in England, exercising outside is allowed once a day but venues such as gyms, tennis courts and golf courses will be closed.

The Women’s FA Cup competition, which Maidenhead United were knocked out of in the last round, is among the non-elite competitions to have been placed on hold.

Both Maidenhead and Slough have seen recent matches suspended due to COVID issues, with Slough reporting one case within the squad. They are due to get back to league action on January 16, with Maidenhead hosting Yeovil Town and Slough at home to Braintree Town.

The RFU has suspended all community rugby activity until further notice, and have returned clubs to step A on the road to the return of competitive action. England Golf has said it’s extremely disappointed with the decision, adding that it had made a strong case to keep the sport open in recent months.

On Monday, for the seventh day in a row, the UK recorded more than 50,000 new confirmed COVID cases.

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