Just to bring all of our members up to date following the government’s strengthening of COVID 19 control measures.
Petanque England has had discussions with the powers that be and has now confirmed that we are recognised as an “organised sport”. Accordingly we can continue to hold our Wednesday and Saturday organised and controlled club days. The requirements for this are that essentially we have completed a full COVID risk assessment and have made our sessions fully controlled to minimise the risks of our members picking up and transferring the COVID virus.
The essentials of our control measures include:
First and foremost there must be no member turning up to play who is displaying any of the well documented symptoms of COVID 19. Anyone suspected or seeming to display typical symptoms will be asked to go home, self isolate and phone NHS111 to get tested. Any member who has COVID 19 confirmed and has played at our club recently must inform myself so that appropriate track and trace procedures can be put into motion.
All members must only enter the clubhouse to use the toilets and should wait outside until the toilet is available. Sanitising wipes and alcohol based hand gels are available for use both before and following use of the toilet.
Upon opening the club house our committee members will use sanitising wipes and sprays to clean all door handles, toilet flush handles, taps, a table to take outside and any other surface likely to be touched by members.
During this period the club will not be providing drinks or biscuits so please bring your own food and drink.
The secretary will record the names and contact details of all members attending and the total number will be limited to 30 maximum. This list will be made available to Track & Trace officers if required.
Playing will be controlled by members being grouped into bubbles of 4 or 6. The bubble groups will stay unchanged throughout the session. It is recommended that pairs are shuffled after each of the usual 3 games so that everyone plays with everyone else within their bubble of four. Any drawing of numbers will be done by one committee member with no-one else needing to touch numbered discs.
Any member needing to take a chair outside for use both during and before games must use a sanitising wipe to clean the chair before taking it outside and must ensure other members do not use it or touch it.
All players must only handle their own coche and boules and each pair in a bubble must have their own coche for use when they are to start an end. If accidental handling of other players boules or coche occurs, players must wipe clean the touched boule or coche with sanitising wipes and both the owner of the boule/coche and the player who touched it must use sanitising hand gel or soap and water to cleanse hands promptly.
Each bubble must play on a piste where there is an empty piste/footpath each side of the play piste. It’s ok to change pistes during the session but remember to keep the safe empty non-play pistes.
If no-one in a bubble is fit enough to bend and draw circles then use of a foot to create an arc will suffice. Plastic circles and scoreboards should not be used.
There will be a table outside the clubhouse with a large container of sanitising hand gel for members to use before and after playing and during play if required.
Whilst the wearing of masks is not an essential requirement members are very welcome to play wearing their mask, particularly if they are prone to sneezes etc.
Members involved in competing in the club championship events are welcome to play their matches on club days as bubbles will be automatically formed for the session. The terrains are based in a public park and as such are freely available to be used for matches or practise on every other day of the week. The clubhouse would not be open on non-club days but members are strongly advised to follow the same control measures noted above when playing matches.
Remember that any member NOT following the Petanque England guidelines above will lose the security of our Insurance cover should they become ill or have an accident. Our club General Risk assessment and safety guidance notes are also on the club noticeboard for your benefit.
If anyone needs further guidance then please contact myself or check the COVID 19 Risk Assessment and General Risk Assessment pinned to our noticeboard. It is also in the PAPERWORK section of this blog.
Thankyou to everyone for your support and hope you are still enjoying your petanque.