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COVID-19 advice and guidance

Last update: 23 September

Keep up-to-date with all the latest information and advice on squash activity in England in relation to COVID-19 here. Check back regularly for updates and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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England Squash latest updates
  • 23.09.20. Following the Government’s update on 22 September, the implications for squash are:
    1. Squash remains at phase 2 (bubbles)
    2. Coaches can continue to coach a single group of up to 15 juniors in out of school settings.
    3. Coaches can continue to coach a single group of up to 6 adults but they must not coach multiple groups simultaneously.
    4. Anyone inside a squash club/venue is strongly recommended to wear a face covering unless on court or with an underlying health condition.
    5. All bars/restaurants/cafes in squash clubs/venues must be closed from 10pm – 5am as per the guidance for bars and restaurants.
  • 14.09.20. England Squash issues further recommendations to clubs, venues and coaches following updates to the Government guidelines to indoor sports facilities.
  • 10.09.20 Following the Government update on 9 September and discussion with our partners, we're confident that phase 2 (squash bubbles) can continue. However, there may be further measures required to keep players safe, so please check back for updates.

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Back to Squash guidance

England Squash has released full guidance and resources for squash clubs, venues and coaches to facilitate safe play following the reopening of courts in England from 25 July.

This guidance is based on the latest UK Government guidelines for indoor sports facilities and has been produced in collaboration with partners and other governing bodies from across the sector.

View Back to Squash guidance



Current Government advice

Squash clubs and venues in England can reopen from 25th July with social distancing in place - view the Government guidance.


Local restrictions

Clubs / venues should take responsibility for adhering to any local restrictions imposed by the UK Government. Below are some examples of what local restrictions might mean for your club/venue. Please regularly check the Government guidance for the most recent updates on local restrictions.

Local Government restrictions in place

Return to play phase

Permitted activity

Full local lockdown

Phase 0

  • None - clubs/venues closed

Different households should not meet indoors in a public venue


Phase 1

  • Solo practice
  • Household/support bubble activity
  • 'Sides' and socially distant practice with two members of different households
  • Coach led individual and household/support bubble sessions
  • Coach led socially distant practice and 'sides' with two members of different households (up to 6 players, maximum 2 per court)

Local restrictions in place with an exemption that permits organised sport and physical activity

Phase 2

  • Solo practice
  • Household/support bubble activity
  • 'Sides' and socially distant practice with two members of different households
  • Full court matches within squash bubbles of up to 6 players.
  • Coach led individual and household/support bubble sessions
  • Coach led non squash bubble activity with socially distant practice with members from different households (up to 6 players, maximum 2 per court)
  • Coach led junior group sessions (up to 15 players, max 2 per court)

Different households can meet indoors only in public venues including gyms, leisure centres, community centres

Phase 2

  • Solo practice
  • Household/support bubble activity
  • 'Sides' and socially distant practice with two members of different households
  • Full court matches within squash bubbles of up to 6 players.
  • Coach led individual and household/support bubble sessions
  • Coach led non squash bubble activity with socially distant practice with members from different households (up to 6 players, maximum 2 per court)
  • Coach led junior group sessions (up to 15 players, max 2 per court)

This advice is subject to change as new local measures are implemented. Please regularly check the Government guidance for the most recent updates on local restrictions and contact us with any questions.


Return to play phases

Introduction
Following the re-opening of courts on 25 July, England Squash has been working with partners and Sport England to establish a safe and practical path for the return to ‘full’ play. Whilst there are still restrictions in place, due to the UK Government social distancing guidelines and the unique nature of squash, a phased approach has been developed to gradually return to play across England. The following table shows the various phases that have been identified and summarises what they mean for clubs and their members.

Current status

Phase 2: ‘Squash Bubbles’

Next steps

As we move to Phase 2 of our return to play plan, we are evaluating the impact of the introduction of squash bubbles, and are in the process of discussing progression to the next phase with DCMS and Sport England.

Phase
Summary of what it means for clubs and players
1. ‘Sides’

  • Re-open clubs with safety measures in place
  • Socially distanced practice and ‘Sides’ game play only
  • Solo practice
  • Same-household play

2. Squash Bubbles

  • 'Squash bubbles' (a group of up to six players who can play squash with each other) can be formed within clubs and venues
  • Introduction of full court play within squash bubbles, with enhanced hygiene protocols
  • No competitive inter-club play

3. Inter-Club Play

  • Return to inter-club play with game modifications including social distancing measures and enhanced hygiene protocols
  • Increase to number of players allowed within squash facilities
  • Group training allowed with additional safety measures in place
  • Inter-club/local matches can take place, including county leagues with adapted rules

4. Small Scale Competition Play

  • Small one-day competitions to resume, with a reduced number of competitors allowed and limited spectators
  • Further increase to number of players allowed within squash facilities
  • Small, local team competitions to resume with a reduced number of players per team and dispersed schedules
5. Full Play
  • Return to full play with no limit to number of opponents
  • Full leagues/multi-day competitions to resume - dispersed schedules and multiple venues to be used to control crowding
  • Continuation of practical health and safety protocols to mitigate any additional risk of COVID-19 outbreaks

Disclaimer
Please note that the phases are subject to change and continue to be superseded by any national or local Government guidelines. The current status of the return to play will only be changed by England Squash and should not be overruled locally. Any breach of these guidelines by clubs or individuals may mean that we will have to revert to previous phases.


Further information

All England Squash updates

14.09.20: Government guidelines updates: England Squash issues further recommendations to clubs, venues and coaches following updates to the Government guidelines for indoor sports facilities.

10.09.20: Government bubbles update: England Squash announces that phase 2 (squash bubbles) can continue following the Government update on 9 September.

02.09.20: Return to play final guidance: England Squash publishes Version 3 of the return to play guidance.

01.09.20: British Junior Open: England Squash announces the cancellation of the British Junior Open 2021.

25.08.20: Return to play phases: England Squash publishes return to play phases.

31.07.20: Lockdown restrictions: England Squash issues advice in relation to lockdown restrictions.

23.07.20: Return to play final guidance: England Squash releases final guidance for the return to play

06.07.20: British Junior Open: The British Junior Open 2021 will be reviewed in late August by the organising committee. Find out more.

21.05.20: Return to squash statement: England Squash releases a Return to squash statement.

11.05.20: England Squash junior circuit: all England Squash junior circuit competitions are cancelled up to and including the 31st July 2020.

11.05.20: England Squash Inter Counties Championships: the Senior and Masters Inter Counties are cancelled for the 2019/20 season. We will be in touch with county associations and team managers with further information.

11.05.20: National Racketball/Squash 57 Championships and National Club Championships: the National Racketball/Squash 57 Championships and National Club Championships have been postponed (not cancelled) until further notice.

11.05.20: Squash clubs and facilities: squash clubs and facilities should remain closed following the Prime Minister's address to the nation on 10th May.

07.05.20: England Squash Junior Rankings: the England Squash Junior Rankings are suspended until further notice with player rankings reflecting their position as of 1st April rankings. Find out more.

03.04.20: Club affiliation: we have put a freeze on all membership and affiliation renewals during the time that the current Government measures are in place.

03.04.20: Membership: Coaches Club and direct members - all coaches and players who hold direct membership with England Squash will be given an extension to their membership in line with the period of the Government measures.

02.04.20: Premier Squash League: the 2019/20 Karakal Premier Squash League (PSL) has been cancelled. Find out more.

02.04.20: PSA World Tour events: the PSA have extended the suspension of the Tour until July due to COVID-19. Find out more.

01.04.20: Sport England news: Sport England have launched a new Community Emergency Fund to support sports clubs who are experiencing short term financial hardship with grants available of between £300 to £10,000. Find out more.

27.03.20: Coach DBS and Safeguarding requirements: We have updated our policies around DB and Safeguarding courses, based on discussions with Sport England and the CPSU. Please find updated information on our 'Safe Squash' web page.

26.03.20: England Squash coaching courses: All England Squash coaching courses have been postponed until 31st May

24.03.20: England Squash junior circuit: All junior sanctioned competitions are cancelled until 31 May. Competitions scheduled after this date will be reviewed in the coming weeks.

20.03.20: Squash Clubs: UK Government tells all leisure centres and gyms to close until further notice (see below)

17.03.20: England Squash coaching courses: All England Squash coaching courses have been postponed until 24th April.

16.03.20: Premier Squash League (PSL): All remaining PSL matches including the semi-finals, relegation and promotional play-offs and final are suspended.

16.03.20: England Squash statement: England Squash released the following statement to the squash community.

16.03.20: England Squash junior circuit: All sanctioned competitions are suspended until 24 April.

16.03.20: Masters Inter-County Championships: The event has been postponed subject to further review/reschedule.

16.03.20: England Squash Squads: All England Squash talent pathway and performance squad sessions are cancelled. This includes all Aspire, England Potential, England Development, England Academy and Senior England Squads.

13.03.20: Junior 5 Nations: The event has been cancelled due to withdrawal by participating nations.

13.03.20: National School Championships finals: Following a significant number of schools withdrawing, we are postponing this year’s finals (18-20th March) until further notice. We will be looking at rescheduling the finals whilst also taking into consideration the upcoming exam periods. All competing schools have been emailed.

13.03.20: PSA World Tour events: All PSA World Tour and PSA Challenger Tour events taking place up to and including the week commencing April 27 will not take place during this period. Full story.

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