The PE Board is updating members today with the latest situation regarding how COVID-19 is currently affecting our sport.
Firstly, a reminder that at this current time we should still ONLY be playing in our bubbles of a maximum of 6 people, this restriction must apply UNLESS an official event (such as a club day, melee, league or tournament) has been organised ONLY by a PE Region or Club which has carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment at the venue where the event is going to be played.
Additionally, the organisers must be able to fully follow the current UK Government Guidelines, PE guidelines and the PE Play Safe Guidelines – Return to Restricted Play. The risk assessment MUST be sent to all participants and members of the club before the event can take place. The event can ONLY have a MAXIMUM of 30 people per day which includes players, spectators, volunteers and officials.
The PE Board would like to set out the next stage of our controlled return to normal play as follows:
- Following detailed discussions with the UK Government throughout the pandemic, Pétanque England as the recognised National Governing Body of Pétanque in England has now been given permission by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to hold events which involve more than 30 people, providing the venue which is being used is COVID-Secure and is adhering to all the guidelines listed above. The event is only permitted if the venue can accommodate the number of participants whist maintaining its COVID security.
- EVENTS CAN ONLY EXCEED 30 PEOPLE IF THEY ARE ORGANISED BY PETANQUE ENGLAND AS THE NATIONAL GOVERNING BODY.
- Pétanque England will be holding three separate competition days for our National Titles (Singles, Men’s and Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles) in September and October this year at Gravesend Pétanque club.
- The Gravesend venue has met the requirements to be a COVID-Secure venue and can accommodate a maximum of 150 people participating in pétanque per day.
- Pétanque England will strictly limit the entries of these three competitions to a maximum of 144 players on a first come, first served basis with the remaining places reserved for named PE officials. Non-playing spectators will be allowed only if their participation does not exceed the 150 limit and PE will indicate at the close of entries whether the venue can accommodate limited spectators.
Pétanque England will keep the situation under constant review and reserves the right to cancel the Gravesend events at short notice should we be advised of a change in local or national conditions related to limiting the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.