Following an announcement by the Prime Minister on 31st October, the UK Government has indicated that from Thursday 5th November until Wednesday 2nd December, 2020 the following new restrictions will apply to seek to suppress the coronavirus in England:
- People are required to stay at home, except for specific purposes.
- Gathering with people you do not live with is not permitted, except for specific purposes.
- Certain businesses and venues should be closed.
Unfortunately, the Play Safe Guidelines which we negotiated as the official National Governing Body with the Government on behalf of our sport and allowing our members to play in COVID-Secure risk assessed venues will no longer apply during this period.
Specifically, this means:
 Pétanque can only be played as informal open air recreation in public places such as parks, beaches, open countryside and public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them). The limitation on this informal recreational activity is that you can only do this with the people you live within your household (regardless of numbers), with your household and your ‘linked household’ (a designated single person in another household which can also include members of that household aged 18 or under on 12th June 2020), or where one individual only meets with one person from another household. Organised events or competitions involving gatherings of people outside of this limitation are not permitted.
 Private venues where pétanque is played and operated by clubs, social clubs or other hospitality or leisure businesses should be closed and not used to host the informal open air recreation outlined in . For the avoidance of doubt, privately owned or managed venues are not permitted even to host a game of Singles between two individuals from separate households or play within a household/linked household.
 During this period, PE’s insurance cover for our members will only apply to the informal leisure exercise specified in .
We hope that we will be able to resume play using our Play Safe Guidelines from 3rd December but this will depend on further announcements from the UK Government. As we have done throughout the COVID-19 epidemic we will keep our members updated as soon as we become aware of changes in guidance and restrictions affecting our sport. You can read more general advice on the new restrictions here from Sports England. Please contact us if you require any further information via the contact form on this website and we will respond as soon as we can.
In the meantime, we wish all of our members the very best in these continuing difficult times. Stay safe, everybody!