COVID-19 advice and guidance
Last updated: 31 July
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.
England Squash has released full guidance and resources for squash clubs, venues and coaches to facilitate safe play ahead of courts reopening in England on 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.
The full guidance includes:
- Top five tips for clubs and venues
- Creating a club/venue COVID-19 Secure Plan
- Guidance for conducting a COVID-19 risk assessment and template risk assesment
- Poster kit
- Ways to play
- Delivering COVID-19 Secure Squash (for coaches)
- Where to find additional support and resources
Current Government advice
Squash clubs and venues in England can reopen from 25th July with social distancing in place - view the Government guidance.
Please note: in Blackburn with Darwen and Bradford, indoor squash courts must remain closed by law. Read more.
Northern England lockdown restrictions
On 30 July, the Government announced that households in Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire are banned from meeting other households indoors following a spike in Covid-19 cases. These changes also apply in Leicester.
Please note: in Leicester City, Blackburn with Darwen and Bradford, squash courts must remain closed by law.
These changes apply to parts of Northern England and Leicester. It is your responsibility to be aware of whether this affects you as a club/venue or coach and to follow our advice below:
What this means for squash clubs, venues and coaches
- In Leicester City, Blackburn with Darwen and Bradford, squash courts must remain closed by law.
- In the other areas listed above, it means residents are not permitted to mix with other households (apart from those in their support bubble) in indoor sport facilities, including squash clubs and venues.
- Until the restrictions are lifted, players can only go onto court for solo squash practice, or to play with others from the same household or support bubble.
- Coaches can coach indoors, but only from outside the court and must not come into contact with players.
England Squash advice
After taking advice from Government and local authorities, England Squash’s current advice to clubs, venues and coaches operating in the affected areas is:
- The only squash activity permitted by players in these areas is 1) solo practice and 2) play with the same household. Coaching in the affected areas can only be from outside the court or outdoors with individuals or players from the same household or support bubble.
- Everyone must continue to follow the England Squash guidance.
- Players and coaches should not travel into or out of the lockdown areas to coach or play squash.
- These local lockdown measures do not currently require squash clubs and venues to close in the affected areas (apart from Leicester City, Blackburn with Darwen and Bradford) and they can remain open and continue to operate.
This is an evolving situation and this advice is subject to change. For the latest advice, check this page, local and national government advice pages frequently.
England Squash updates (last updated 31 July)
- 31.07.20 England Squash issues advice (detailed above) for clubs, venues and coaches based in Northern England.
- 23.07.20 England Squash releases final guidance for the return to play
All England Squash updates
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.
General advice on COVID-19
- UK Government - Guidance for people who work in grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities
- UK Government - Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do
- UK Government - Department of Health advice updated daily at 2pm: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public
- World Health Organisation YouTube video: https://youtu.be/mOV1aBVYKGA
- World Health Organisation situation report updates: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports/
- Foreign and Commonwealth Office: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus