From Monday 12th April, the next stage (‘Step 2’) of the lessening of restrictions in England relating to the COVID-19 will apply.
This does not lead to any substantial changes to our Play Safe Guidelines but we have made some minor changes.
The first, and most important issue for our clubs to consider concerns hospitality venues which host pétanque facilities. Our National President has been seeking clarity for some time on the status of these venues (pubs in particular) as the ‘Step 2’ Guidelines state that customers using pubs must be seated outside. We have approached Sport England to ask them whether separate, risk assessed pétanque activities are allowed to take place and we are awaiting the result of their discussions with the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). Children’s playgrounds or play equipment is permitted to be used at pub venues, so we have advanced the case that organised and risk assessed pétanque should also be permitted.
We hope to receive a response from DCMS via Sport England next week and will update as soon as we can.
Travel to play
A review of our Play safe Guidelines indicated that we needed to emphasise to our members that under Government Guidance, car sharing to travel to any sporting activities is not permitted with someone from outside your household or your support bubble.
It is brilliant to see our sport back and our members and clubs operational again. Play safe and enjoy!