Statement on clubs reopening

In an answer to a Parliamentary Question and with updated COVID guidance published yesterday (6 July), Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston MP confirmed snooker clubs in England may reopen.

The news comes after the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Snooker, working with the WPBSA and EPSB, have been liaising with government to seek clarity on snooker clubs’ reopening.

The question, tabled by Harlow MP and APPG for Snooker Member, Robert Halfon on 1 July, asked the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, “what his timescale is for the reopening of snooker clubs as covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.”

In his written answer published yesterday, the Sports Minister said “Sports and physical activity facilities play a crucial role in supporting adults and children to be active. Snooker clubs have been allowed to open since 4 July, as long as they can follow the COVID-secure guidelines.”

Guidance updated on 6 July lists snooker “halls” in England as one type of business that may reopen, as long as they following COVID-19 Secure guidelines.

English clubs should work with the EPSB to ensure compliance with the guidelines and contact their local authority or health and safety body if they have specific questions.

Group Chairman, Karl McCartney MP, whose Lincoln constituency contains six snooker clubs, said of the news “I am very pleased that yesterday’s announcement clarified snooker clubs may now reopen alongside other businesses that were allowed to open on 4 July.

“Club owners, their staff, and all at the EPSB have been working incredibly hard to ensure their facilities meet COVID-19 guidance and it is testament to them that snooker can now return and be enjoyed.

“I am grateful to my colleague the Sports Minister for his response to the question, and the update to the government’s guidance yesterday.”

For more information about snooker in England, including guidance on playing safely, visit www.epsb.co.uk.