The PE Board is issuing updated advice on the COVID-19 epidemic following the UK Government’s announcements last week.
As members are no doubt aware, a new system of COVID-19 restrictions has been introduced to replace the existing local lockdown measures in individual areas.
Under the new scheme, local areas will be placed in one of three tiers; Tier 1 (Medium), Tier 2 (High) and Tier 3 (Very High).
Tier 1 areas are subject to the existing national restriction measures such as the ‘rule of six’. Those areas within Tier 2 have additional restrictions, such as a ban on households mixing indoors. In Tier 3 areas, indoor gyms, fitness and dance studios and indoor sports facilities are required to close by law with an exemption which allows these venues to be used by elite sports people, under 18s and people with a disability.
Within each of these three tiers, pétanque if it is a formally organised outdoor sporting activity, can continue and remains exempt from restrictions on the number of people allowed to gather, subject to this taking place under PE’s approved guidance which sets out rules for social distancing and the need to carry out Risk Assessments of playing venues.
This means that PE’s latest Play Safe Guidelines are unchanged and should continue to be followed by our members, clubs, leagues and regions.
It is important to look at the different arrangements for each tier which can be viewed via the clicking on the links below:
The Government has also published a postcode checker to find out which tier your local area is in if you are unsure.
As always, PE members, clubs, leagues and regions are welcome to contact us via the online form on this website if they require further information or advice.
We have successfully organised our recent National Titles over three days, and many of our clubs and leagues have been organising play and competitions following our Guidelines. If precautions are taken and venues properly risk assessed, we can all enjoy our sport safely despite the continuing epidemic.