Last updated 14th July 2021

Following the Government announcement on 12th July and the removal of restrictions, here is an outline of how these measures will effect outdoor public table tennis tables and Ping Pong Parlours and other indoor settings.

From 19th July:

Removal of all legal limits on social contact and social distancing, meaning that:

  • The 1m+ rule will no longer be in place for sports settings
  • There are no maximum numbers inside indoor sports spaces or how many people can meet together
  • Face coverings are no longer required by law but advised in crowded public spaces
  • Doubles play will be permitted




Play on outdoor tables and organised outdoor sport is now permitted for people from different households outdoors, there is no limit to the number of people able to play.



Table tennis in Ping Pong Parlours* and other indoor venues to re-start, there is no limit on group numbers so long as people adhere to capacity restrictions on indoor facilities. Doubles play is now permitted.

*Sadly not all Ping Pong Parlours will re-open from this date, but we are working with our shopping centre partners to get as many operating as soon as possible.

What remains in place:

  • Keeping track of attendees at sessions is still important to do as self-isolation requirements remain in place
  • If you have any Covid-19 symptoms, you should self-isolate for at least 10 days from when they start, and arrange to get tested. If you don’t have symptoms, but test positive, you must also self-isolate for at least 10 daysThe NHS Q-code Track & Trace and hand-sanitisation will remain recommended as good practice
    From 16th August:

From 16th August, anyone in England who has had both their Covid jabs will no longer have to self-isolate if a close contact tests positive for Covid.

  • A PCR test will still need to be taken as soon as possible to make sure they haven’t been infected. As long as that test is negative, and they don’t develop symptoms, they won’t need to take further PCR tests.
  • However, anyone who tests positive or develops symptoms will still need to self-isolate, regardless of their vaccination status. People who have a second vaccine dose close to 16 August will have to wait two weeks after the jab before following the new rules. This is to allow the vaccination to take full effect.
  • From 16 August children will also no longer have to self-isolate if a close contact tests positive. Instead they will be advised whether they need to be tested. However, any child who tests positive or develops symptoms will still have to self-isolate.

For the latest advice from Table Tennis England click here