Return to Play - latest update
Tue, 02 Mar 2021 00:00
RETURN TO PLAY
We're still waiting for the details of exactly what activity will be permitted when - and some of the dates may have to change - but Table Tennis England have outlined what they believe are the key steps. There are different rules for school table tennis, but in general:
Currently: no outdoor table use, club, league or competition activity is allowed.
No earlier than 29 March: play on outdoor tables and organised outdoor sport is allowed for bubbles of six adults or two households, or groups of 15 children. No indoor play.
No earlier than 12 April: Under-18s can play indoors in bubbles of up to 15. Adults can only play indoors with someone from their own household.
No earlier than 17 May: Table tennis indoors allowed for bubbles of six adults or two households. Not yet confirmed when competitive play can return.
No earlier than 21 June: legal limits on social contact removed, further guidance issued on reducing the risk of transmission.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR OCTTC SESSIONS?
If all goes well, we could be able to restart sessions week beginning 17 May. Again, we're waiting to find out the exact requirements, but we're likely to have similar restrictions to August - October last year, e.g. three tables, maximum of 9 players per session, pre-booking, and hygiene and social distancing requirements.
Some competition and league play may be possible, but there's been no guidance on this yet.
We may be able to offer indoor table tennis from 12 April for people from the same household, or for individuals to play our robot. That depends on being able to manage costs, supervision and logistics, so the OCTTC committee will discuss what's possible.