Coronavirus update From Table Tennis England
Publish date: March 19, 2021
Last updated on Friday March 19 at 8.45am
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.
March 19 update
Please note, the current situation remains as outlined in the January 5 update below, that all club, league, competition or coaching activity is not permitted. However, following the Government announcement on 22nd February 2021, we have outlined what we believe are the key steps for returning to table tennis activity.
Upon returning, table tennis will return to stage four of the Table Tennis England Ready to Return roadmap, which does allow local league and 1* competitions to take place (no earlier than 12th April for U18s and Disabled People and no earlier than 17th May for adults). However, there will be a set of recommendations in place for players returning to competitive play, to ensure that players have considered their physical health before returning directly into competition. These will be published by the end of March. It is hoped all competitions will be able to return on 21st June, where some types of restrictions may need to remain (dependent on Governmental guidelines in place).
Please bear in mind that these are our current understandings of restrictions and these will continually be updated as more information continues to be shared by DCMS and Sport England. We have added more detail to the Ready to Return official guidance document, which can be found here.
Current position (as of 8th March)
Outdoor table use, club, league or competition activity not permitted
Under-18 sport can take place at school as part of educational provision, or as part of wraparound care, but should not otherwise take place at this time.
No earlier than 29th March
Play on outdoor tables and organised outdoor sport permitted for bubbles of six adults or two households, or groups of 15 children
Indoor play not permitted for children or adults
Disabled People are permitted to train indoors and outdoors (as outlined by DCMS/Government)
No earlier than 12th April
Table tennis indoors to re-start for children under the age of 18 and Disabled People in bubbles of up to 15. It has been confirmed that the exemption for under-18s includes young people who were under 18 on 31st August 2020.
Play for adults indoors not yet permitted, unless with someone from your own household.
Local leagues, local competitions and 1* events for U18s and Disabled People are able to re-start, if abiding by the guidelines set out in the Ready to Return Official Guidance document for adult activity and advising players of the recommendations of returning to competitive play.
No earlier than 17th May
Table tennis indoors to re-start for adults in bubbles of up to six people, or from two households (more information about the stage of the Ready to Return roadmap that we return to and the type of activity that is permitted, i.e. training/competition, will be released once Sport England and the DCMS have published their updated Q&A document).
Local leagues, local competitions and 1* events that include adults are able to re-start, if abiding by the guidelines set out in the Ready to Return Official Guidance document for adult activity and advising players of the recommendations of returning to competitive play.
No earlier than 21st June
Remove all legal limits on social contact, publishing accompanying guidance on how best to reduce the risk of transmission and protect ourselves and loved ones.
We are seeking clarification on a few areas, including one-to-one coaching, which was previously permitted for adults before larger adult groups were able to re-start. It is unclear at this stage whether this will be the case again but we will keep this page and the official guidance document updated on the Ready to Return pages of the website, as soon as that clarity is available.