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To all GWR members

There has been social media activity this week in the wake of H.M. Government’s announced strategy document


and in particular to page 31 et seq

+ SAGE advise that the risk of infection outside is significantly lower than inside, so the Government is updating the rules so that, as well as exercise, people can now also spend time outdoors subject to: not meeting up with any more than one person from outside your household; continued compliance with social distancing guidelines to remain two metres (6ft) away from people outside your household; good hand hygiene, particularly with respect to shared surfaces; and those responsible for public places being able to put appropriate measures in place to follow the new COVID-19 Secure guidance.

People may exercise outside as many times each day as they wish. For example, this would include angling and tennis. You will still not be able to use areas like playgrounds, outdoor gyms or ticketed outdoor leisure venues, where there is a higher risk of close contact and touching surfaces. You can only exercise with up to one person from outside your household – this means you should not play team sports, except with members of your own household.

People may drive to outdoor open spaces irrespective of distance, so long as they respect social distancing guidance while they are there, because this does not involve contact with people outside your household.


The Government is examining more stringent enforcement measures for non-compliance, as it has seen in many other countries. The Government will impose higher fines to reflect the increased risk to others of breaking the rules as people are returning to work and school. The Government will seek to make clearer to the public what is and is not allowed+.


Understandably, there have been personal opinions and presumptions on social media sites as to how the above may affect the return to play of our sport, even on ad hoc bases, or just in respect of exercise.

GWR’s advice today to its members is that It is imperative that you comply in every respect with H.M. Government’s rules in relation to exercising and social distancing, and

B we anticipate Pétanque England will seek urgent clarification from Sport England in respect of relevant issues involved in the matter and will advise members as soon as it is able.

Meantime, PE latest statement on related matters.


Many thanks for reading this.


Bob Rumble

GWR President

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