News – Monday 6 July 2020

Posted on: 6 July 2020

Last edited on: 9 July 2020

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Over the weekend some clubs opened for snooker, some just for the social side and some remain closed.

One thing is certain – nothing is certain!

There still seems to be confusion over whether clubs can allow snooker or not. Can they open or not? When will clubs be allowed to open and allow snooker?

More clubs will be opening as the days go on.

The speech by the PM on 23 June, and the subsequent guidance, didn’t make it clear as to which category snooker clubs, or snooker, fell into.

The WPBSA sought clarification via the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Snooker (APPG) who are in regular talks with the office of Oliver Dowden, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

A statement was issued by WPBSA on 30 June which basically said that snooker was classed as an indoor sport so wasn’t allowed. This is the statement:

Some clubs contacted their local Health and Safety Executive (HSE) office at their local council and again there is confusion.

Some HSE said it is ok to allow snooker, others said it isn’t.

The MP for Harlow, Robert Halfon, has tabled a question in parliament for a written answer today. The APPG said to me on Twitter

My question to them was could solo practice be allowed, but let’s wait and see what the written answer to Rober Halfon’s question is.

I will keep the site updated as and when I hear any more news on this.


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