Snooker clubs reopen: Can snooker clubs open on July 4?

Snooker is a hobby shared by many throughout the UK but clubs were forced to close due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, as the government eases lockdown restrictions, snooker halls may be able to reopen soon.

Can snooker clubs open on July 4?

Last week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the next steps of easing the UK’s lockdown measures.

From July 4, some parts of the hospitality and leisure sectors can begin reopening, provided safety protocols are met.

Indoor sports facilities, though, are not allowed to reopen, creating some confusion as to what category snooker clubs fall into.

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The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) and the English Partnership for Snooker and Billiards (EPSB) have been attempting to seek clarification on the government’s new guidelines.

A WPBSA and EPSB statement read: “Having carefully studied the wording of the announcements made by the UK government earlier this week, it is clear that social clubs, including licensed premises are able to re-open from 4th July 2020.

“However, what is not clear is whether the snooker facilities in these clubs can be used or not from this date.

“We are therefore continuing to seek urgent clarity on this point as we understand that clubs are reliant upon activity on the snooker tables in order to be sustainable.”

In the meantime, the WPBSA and EPSB has asked clubs to seek guidance from their local health advisors.

The statement continued “We strongly advise all clubs concerned to seek further guidance and advice from their local Health and Safety Executive who will be able to assess the level of risk.

“It is ultimately the decision of each club as to whether they are able to re-open based upon all guidance provided.”

WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson is disappointed that snooker clubs are still waiting for clarification from the government.

He said: “We are aware that snooker clubs all over the world are currently working hard to ensure that they will be able to re-open safely as soon as it is possible to do so.

“This includes clubs within England, in particular members of The 147 Club scheme which played a key role in the preparation of proposals submitted to the Sports Minister on 13 May, which contained detailed procedures that we believe will allow clubs to re-open safely.

“It is therefore extremely disappointing that we have not received clarity from government to be able to advise clubs in England and the UK to be able to open safely at this stage.

“Every snooker club provides a vital community social hub and a place to engage in non-contact activity.

“We therefore would urge each individual club to seek local authority guidance prior to re-opening and in the meantime, we will continue to push for further information from the government to provide certainty during this time.”

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