In our latest update on Step 2 of the Government’s lessening of restrictions (effective 12th April 2021) we indicated that there was some lack of clarity over whether our sport was permitted to be played outside at pub venues.
Our President had been in regular contact with Sport England to try and get an answer on this and he has now received a response.
Unfortunately, the advice is that because pubs are first and foremost hospitality venues and not deemed to be sports facilities, then the playing of sport at pub sites is not permitted under ‘Step 2’. Pub restrictions are such that under “Step 2′ the consumption of alcohol and food can only be undertaken outside whilst seated.
We realise that this will come as a disappointment to our clubs based at pubs, but we hope that it will not be too long before the restriction is lifted.
The better news is that outdoor sports facilities are of course allowed to be used. These are defined in Government Guidance as including outdoor gyms, swimming pools, courts, pitches, golf courses (including mini-golf), water sports venues, climbing walls, driving and shooting ranges, riding arenas at riding centres and archery venues.
This means that sports and social clubs who offer pétanque pitches are fine, even though they might offer hospitality through bars and restaurants on site. The consumption of alcohol and food at sports and social clubs should of course only take place whilst seated.
We will update further on this as soon as we can.