Following the Prime Minister’s update earlier this week on easing restrictions, the government’s ‘Roadmap’ will move to Step 3, which includes the permitted reopening of snooker clubs in England from this Monday 17 May.
Clubs are gearing up for their big reopening after the best part of six months closed. They will continue to have COVID-secure measures in place at this time, as set out by our Covid-19 guidance page. Certain social gathering and distancing restrictions will be in place until at least 21 June, but from Monday clubs can look forward to restarting recreational play, both singles and doubles, local league matches and competitions, within our recommended guidance.
The EPSB is proud of the extraordinary efforts that clubs have gone to in order to prepare for a safe reopening, which has involved a massive social media and marketing effort, staff recruitment, and significant health and safety costs.
We will maintain our strong support for clubs in promoting our sport, including completing our 2019-20 season calendar, rolling out a new season calendar and relaunching our national junior holiday clubs programme. Our group of supply partners offering exclusive deals to our clubs continues to build. We will strive to encourage new and existing players of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to pick up their cues and visit their local clubs.
Our national 147 Club scheme continues to grow – and this is the best mechanism through which we can develop and grow club-based snooker. A list of member clubs can be found here.
We cannot wait to welcome back the snooker community to clubs across the country next week!