Last updated September 24 at 4.15pm
Please note, this is an ever-changing situation and our advice may change at short notice. We recommend that you check our website regularly for the latest advice.
September 22 update (amended September 24):
Following the restrictions being put in place by the Government, announced on September 22, there are no major changes to the way in which table tennis and ‘organised’ sport will be able to operate.
Table tennis sessions, which are formally organised by a club, league or similar organisation, in line with Table Tennis England ready to return guidance, can therefore continue to operate as they have been doing with the continued application of the bubble of six rule. Further to this, more than six people would be allowed in the hall at any one time, but it is absolutely crucial that the bubble of six rule is observed. It is important however that once someone has finished their table tennis session that they leave the playing facility and avoid socialising.
Individuals must also avoid attending amateur and semi-professional sporting events as spectators.
We have now received confirmation that table tennis community clubs will be allowed to operate with bubbles of 15 for under-18s. Adults and mixed groups and competition must continue to operate in bubbles of six. If you are a club or coach looking to explore the bubbles of 15 U18 participants, you must read and abide by the updated Hygiene and Facility guidance document, which can be found here.
We can also confirm that the 10pm closure time for leisure activity WILL include table tennis clubs and as a result play will need to finish by 10pm (cleaning and shutting down can take place after 10pm). Please see the guidance document here.
Please check your local authorities’ websites in case of any additional measures that may be put in place locally. We will keep this page updated with any significant developments and changes and we encourage you to continue to look at the Hygiene and Facility guidance and Local League guidance documents, which can be found here.
If you are having challenges accessing your facility or your facility is restricting access as a result of any of the recent announcements, please contact us so we can support clubs and leagues to get access to facilities and to also reassure facilities that the recent changes do not prevent table tennis continuing, as it has already been doing safely. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org