Coronavirus update

Author:
Paul Stimpson

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Last updated July 9 at 6pm

Please note, this is an ever-changing situation and our advice may change at short notice. We recommend that you check our website regularly for the latest advice.

Table Tennis England has welcomed today’s Government announcement that indoor sports facilities will be allowed to re-open from Saturday July 25.

We are now awaiting confirmation of the detailed Government guidance and will share this with our clubs and individual members, and update the Ready to Return guidance on our website, as soon as we can.

Table tennis can currently be played at home or outdoors in specific circumstances and we continue planning and working towards the time when indoor activity can resume. However, it is vitally important that when activity is resumed, it does not compromise the health and safety of individuals or communities.

When updated Government guidance is published, we will move as soon as we can to consider what it means for table tennis across the country. We will aim to respond to any changes promptly but we may have to wait for the Government to provide the precise details of their guidance and advice.

In the meantime, we have outlined a series of stages through which we anticipate table tennis activity outside of the home resuming:

  • Stage 1 – Play and exercise at home and limited outdoor play (where we are now)
  • Stage 2 – Limited club activity
  • Stage 3 – Preparing for localised competition
  • Stage 4 – Local competition resumption
  • Stage 5 – Full play and spectating in place

In preparing for Stage 2, we have prepared a series of guidance documents, including risk assessment templates, to help clubs and leagues to plan for a resumption.

These documents, plus more information on the path to resumption, can be found by clicking here.

We have also been announced a framework for confirming national events and leagues, plus a refund policy, as we continue to plan for the 2020/21 season. For more information on this, click here.

In all matters, the health and wellbeing of all our members, volunteers, suppliers and staff remain the key priority for the Board of Table Tennis England at this time of uncertainty and change.

Our previous statements

Following the Government lockdown guidance issued in March, the Board initially cancelled all events until the end of May and all national events until the end of June. This position was later updated so that all events, national and sanctioned, were cancelled until the end of July.

For more information on this, how we finalised league tables, a list of cancelled events and how the international game has been affected, click here to read our previous coronavirus updates.

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