Covid-19 Guidelines for Play

Irish Petanque Association Guidelines for playing Petanque during COVID-19

GUIDANCE FOR CLUBS AND INDIVIDUALS IN RELATION TO OBSERVING REGULATIONS AND PROTOCOLS DESIGNED TO RESTRICT THE SPREAD OF COVID 19/CORONAVIRUS. ISUED BY IPA COUNCIL 21/05/2020

The Irish Pétanque Association is the recognised governing body for the sport of Pétanque in Ireland.

COVID-19 GUIDELINES FOR THE RESUMPTION OF PLAY

(Subject to Government directives. Northern Ireland Guidelines in italics)

While it is hoped that these guidelines are accurate at time of writing the situation in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland is subject to change at short notice. Clubs and individuals are advised to seek clarification from the appropriate Government as appropriate

Restrictions on Travel

From May 18th to June 8th travel is restricted to 5 km from home to the playing pistes.

In Northern Ireland from 18 May sports that do not involve shared contact, with hard surfaces, such as golf, water sports and tennis, can restart again. This is, by default, assumed to include Pétanque.

From June 8th to July 20th travel is restricted to 20 km from home to the playing pistes.

After July 20th the travel restrictions within regions are proposed to be lifted.

In Northern Ireland from May 18 there appears to be no travel restrictions other than it should be a ‘reasonable distance’.

Restrictions on Numbers

From May 18th to June 8th a maximum of 4 persons may play together.

In Northern Ireland from 18th May up to 6 persons may play.

From June 8th to July 20th a small group of players may be allowed (small is not defined in the ROI), but 10 will be the number in Northern Ireland, so we will settle for 10 on both sides of the border).

Social Distancing and Personal Protection

1. The organisers of any game of Pétanque should note the names and contact details of anyone participating.

2. Nobody should come to play who has a cough or a temperature.

3. Should a player develop Covid 19 symptoms after playing they should contact the organisers of the event so that other participants can be made aware of this fact.

4. Players must stay 2 metres away from each other at all times [unless they are members of the same household].

5. Face masks are advised, but not mandatory.

6. No physical contact between players unless from the same household.

7. All players must bring to the piste their own hand sanitiser.

8. Nobody must touch another player’s boules, cochonnet, measuring tape, hand sanitiser or any other piece of personal equipment.

9. No entrance money should be taken.

10. Each team must have their own cochonnet and use it when they win the previous end.

11. Only one person in the game is allowed to touch the circle and the scoreboard.

12. Any player measuring must do so with his/her own tape. Others stand 2 metres away.

Insurance

All players to note that the IPA insurance is inactive until June 14th, so you play at your own risk until then.