A formal proposal has been sent to the Government to help reopen snooker clubs across the UK.
The Worlds Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) says the proposal to Sports Minister Nigel Adams contains guidance for club owners and staff to be able to operate as sporting facilities by providing a safe and controlled environment for all during the coronavirus pandemic.
All snooker clubs across the UK have been closed since March when the UK was placed under lockdown due to the severeness of the killer disease.
But the Government has now eased lockdown restrictions by claiming the peak of the pandemic has now passed in the UK. This has seen people return to work and, from today, the reopening of golf clubs, tennis clubs and garden centres.
Now the WPBSA has sent its proposals to Parliament to help restart the sport as soon as possible.
Professional players have been told they can start working again on their practice tables as long it is safe to do so. And now the focus is on snooker clubs to open again when safe to do so.
Proposals include the following safety procedures which all clubs could have to adhere to.
- Regular cleaning of venues on a daily basis
- Hand sanitiser to be provided at all tables, entrances and toilets
- Regular cleaning of equipment after every customer
- Staff to wear masks and gloves
- Limited entry to venues / reduced opening hours
- Social distancing measures including clear signage for customer flow to/from tables to be observed
- Closure of bar areas with limited table service/takeaway food options to be provided
- Player guidance to avoid unnecessary sharing of equipment and interaction
Should any club be found to be in breach of guidance provided they would be liable to closure by the relevant authorities.
WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson said: “The unprecedented global situation that exists has had a profound effect upon us all and of course snooker has not been able to escape the reality that we currently find ourselves in.
“Our message to everyone connected with snooker however is that the WPBSA is there for you and are working hard to be able to restart our sport – at all levels – as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so. This will not be without its challenges, but through the measures submitted to Parliament today we are confident that the wider public will be able to access our sport’s facilities and will remain proactive until this is achieved in
“We are further grateful for the support provided to us by the All-Party Parliamentary Group APPG which has worked with us closely during this process.”
It remains unclear at this stage when exactly snooker clubs will be able to reopen.