On the 19th December 2020, the UK Government introduced a new level of COVID-19 restrictions, Tier 4: Stay at Home, which initially covered Greater London and parts of the South East and East of England. This has now been extended to other areas from the 26th December 2020. Find out which tier you are in here.
In Tier 4 areas, it is only permitted to use outdoor pétanque facilities (provided they are open and available for use) as an individual on your own, with members of your household or support bubble, or with one person only from another household. Organised outdoor sport for under 18s and disabled people can continue.
You can travel within a Tier 4 area to play pétanque but government advice is for this to be done locally wherever possible. You should not travel into or out of a Tier 4 area for participation in organised pétanque.
The guidance PE previously issued for Tiers 1-3 remains unchanged and is outlined below.
Pétanque facilities can open across Tiers 1-3. PE is a recognised national governing body by the Government and organised pétanque carried out by PE affiliated clubs, regions and leagues across Tiers 1-3 can take place with any number of participants. This is provided organised activity takes place in line with COVID-secure guidance and follows PE ‘Play Safe Guidelines’ which includes the need to carry out risk assessments and track and trace.
In tiers 1-3 you can travel within your area to pétanque venues and facilities which are open. The government advises against travel into or out of Tier 3 areas, unless this is necessary to enable individual exercise. You should not travel into or out of a Tier 3 area for participation in organised pétanque.