Latest update on returning to Table Tennis 

Last updated on Tuesday 20th July at 10.20am 

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.

Following the Government announcement on 19th July and the removal of restrictions, there are changes to the guidance as set out currently and therefore please refer to the current ready to return guidance document and statements below.

From 19th July table tennis will move to the Stage 5 of the Table Tennis England Ready to Return roadmap, which will see the return of doubles play and the return of all competitions. Until 19th July it is important to continue to follow the guidance as set out in the previous Government roadmap, which is detailed below and the guidance document remains available for this stage here.

We will continue to provide updates as necessary and will create new Ready to Return official guidance document and Competitions guidance asap, which will be found here. The key changes from the 19th July have been outlined below:

From 19th July:

  • Removal of all legal limits on social contact and social distancing, meaning that:

    • The 1m+ rule will no longer be in place for sports settings

    • There are no maximum numbers inside indoor sports spaces or how many people can meet together

    • Face coverings are no longer required by law but advised in crowded public spaces

  • Doubles play will be permitted

  • Competitions can resume at all levels (e.g. inc. 3* and 4*), as well as reintroduction of spectators at the organisers’ discretion

What remains in place:

  • Keeping track of attendees at sessions is still important to do as self-isolation requirements remain in place

  • If you have any Covid-19 symptoms, you should self-isolate for at least 10 days from when they start, and arrange to get tested. If you don’t have symptoms, but test positive, you must also self-isolate for at least 10 days

  • The NHS Q-code Track & Trace and hand-sanitisation will remain recommended as good practice

From 16th August:

From 16th August, anyone in England who has had both their Covid jabs will no longer have to self-isolate if a close contact tests positive for Covid.

A PCR test will still need to be taken as soon as possible to make sure they haven’t been infected. As long as that test is negative, and they don’t develop symptoms, they won’t need to take further PCR tests.

However, anyone who tests positive or develops symptoms will still need to self-isolate, regardless of their vaccination status. People who have a second vaccine dose close to 16 August will have to wait two weeks after the jab before following the new rules. This is to allow the vaccination to take full effect.

From 16 August children will also no longer have to self-isolate if a close contact tests positive. Instead they will be advised whether they need to be tested. However, any child who tests positive or develops symptoms will still have to self-isolate.

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