Late last night the following statement came out of the WBSA:
The statement includes:
The WPBSA and EPSB are both therefore delighted to receive this clarity from Mr Huddleston and that our clubs will now be able to reopen ahead of other sports.
This is great news for clubs as providing they are able to strictly follow the COVID-19 Secure guidelines issued and clubs must also be aware that their local Health and Safety Executive (HSE) may exercise their powers to close clubs if they cannot demonstrate that these guidelines are being strictly followed.
Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow, asked the question on Thursday
To ask 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.
and the answer by Nigel Huddleston was published yesterday evening.
“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.”https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2020-07-01/67624/
The WPBSA went on to confirm in their statement above:
“We can also confirm that the government guidance titled: ‘Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do after 4 July’ has today been updated and at section 1.3 it is clearly specified that ‘snooker halls’ are now permitted to reopen and are expected to follow COVID-19 Secure guidelines.”https://wpbsa.com/wpbsa-epsb-statement-on-the-re-opening-of-uk-snooker-clubs/
Wonderful news indeed!