As England enters a new ‘lockdown’, how are snooker clubs across the UK affected?

The simple answer as far as England goes, is that snooker clubs are closed.

The hope is that the blanket closure will end on 2 December. However, the promise from Boris Johnson is that, although the ‘lockdown’ will end, we will then return to a tier system of restrictions.

What those restrictions will be, and if the lockdown will in fact end, is anyone’s guess.


Please see the post with regards to the new rules following the lifting of the ‘lockdown’ on December 2.

What about the rest of the UK?

In line with devolved powers, the rest of the UK have different rules regarding restrictions.


The 5 tier system is still in place and continues to cause controversy as many people believe snooker clubs, which are closed, are safer places than some other venues which are open.

Check the protection level for your area and find out what you can and cannot do under each level.

Northern Ireland

The current regulations were introduced on 16 October 2020 and were expected to be in place for four weeks. However, the restrictions were extended for a week and then again for another week!

Coronavirus (COVID-19) regulations guidance: what the restrictions mean for you

Also, see this guide:

Further restrictions come into force on 27th November

Coronavirus (COVID-19) regulations guidance: restrictions from 27 November 2020


The “firebreak lockdown” was introduced on 23 October and ended on Monday 9 November.

Coronavirus regulations from 9 November: frequently asked questions

What about Ireland?

Currently (16 November) Ireland is at Level 5

See all of the measures that are in place at Level 5 here, including latest statistics and to download the COVID tracker app.