Following today’s statement in the House of Commons by the Prime Minister, there are no changes to PE’s Play Safe Guidelines. Our affiliated clubs, leagues and regions can continue to play our sport outdoors provided that they follow our Guidelines.
Any individual, league, club or any other association playing our sport that is not affiliated to PE should follow Government regulations which do not allow outdoor gatherings of any more than 6 people to play sport or engage in recreation. When meeting friends and family you do not live with (or have formed a support bubble with) you must not meet in a group of more than 6, indoors or outdoors. This is against the law and the police will have the powers to enforce these legal limits, including to issue fines (fixed penalty notices) of £100, doubling for further breaches up to a maximum of £3,200.
We ask all our members to remain vigilant and use our Guidelines to ensure the safest possible environment. We also draw everybody’s attention to the changed restrictions on the indoor use of clubhouse facilities. These are the responsibility of whoever manages clubhouses, but the latest position is that all visitors to clubhouses must wear face coverings except when seated at a table to eat or drink. It will also be table service only. It is clear that there are heightened risks indoors and we ask everyone to be aware of that.
PE nationally has one more event currently planned for 2020, namely the Mixed Doubles National Title at Gravesend on 11th October. Unless there is a further change to Government advice on the playing of outdoor sport organised by National Governing Bodies like PE, then our current intention is to proceed with this tournament. The PE Board will be reviewing how things went over the last National Titles (Singles and Doubles) weekend to see if there are any points we need to address.
Protect yourself, your family and fellow players by ensuring you follow PE’s Guidelines.