England moved to Step 4 of the roadmap on Monday 19 July 2021, so below we have explained what this means for Covid-19 protocols in snooker clubs.
While cases are high and rising, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious. As such, the government is keeping in place some key protections around testing and isolating, while recommending that people minimise the number, proximity and duration of social contacts, and wear face coverings in crowded areas.
‘Plan B’ – December 2021
In December 2021 we provided updated guidance on the wearing of face coverings at snooker facilities.
This followed the decision of the UK government to move to ‘Plan B’ in response to the risks of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and subsequent changes to the published guidance updated 10 December 2021.
It is for each facility to review the guidance and make their own judgement based on the layout of their venue and advice from their local authority. In view of the latest government position, however, our current guidance to snooker clubs is:
“Players must wear face coverings upon entry to the premises. Once at a designated snooker table or hospitality area this face covering may be removed, at the players’ discretion, to eat, drink or participate in snooker or billiards. Face coverings must be put on again whenever leaving the designated area. Exemptions apply.”
The government has issued guidance to businesses and venues on managing risks.
In addition, the EPSB recommends that clubs consider continuing the following good practices, particularly while case rates remain high…
- Regular cleaning – especially shared surfaces, ‘touch points’ and equipment
- Sanitising stations available
- Table service where particular members request it
- Booking system to manage numbers
- Good signage to remind members to allow space for others, especially around entrances/exits, snooker tables, bar areas and toilets
- Crowd management planning for any indoor functions or competitions
We will continue to work on recommendations to support clubs and venues to operate safely in line with any further guidance released by the government in the coming weeks.
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