Following the announcement on Monday 4th January 2021 by the Prime Minister, 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 are immediately suspended until further notice.
Specifically, this means:
 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 playing of pétanque. 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.
 You should minimise time spent outside your home.
 From 00.01 (today) Wednesday 6th January 2021, it is against the law to meet socially with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble. You can only leave your home to exercise, and not for the purpose of recreation or leisure. This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
 You can only exercise in a public outdoor place:
- by yourself;
- with the people you live with;
- with your support bubble; or
- when on your own, with 1 person from another household.
It should be noted that there is no restriction on the type of activity you can do when exercising outdoors in public outdoor spaces (see below for definition), provided that you are within the permitted gathering limits. This includes both organised and informal/self-organised outdoor sport. The only exceptions are organised outdoor sport for people with disabilities, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s (including those who were under 18 on 31 August 2020), which can continue with any number of participants.
 Public outdoor places are defined by the Government as:
- parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests;
- public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them);
- the grounds of a heritage site; and
Please note that the playing of our sport at venues that do not fall within these public outdoor spaces is not permitted. Breach of Government regulations enshrined in law can lead to penalties being issued by the police.
You can view the latest Government Guidance for grassroots sport here.