Play outdoor table tennis safely

Following the publication on May 11th of Government guidance on how England will begin to move out of lockdown, we have updated our guidance on playing table tennis.

First and foremost, any sporting activity must take place outdoors and within the safe travel and social distancing guidelines set out by the Government. Social gatherings are not permitted.

At the discretion of the landowner, from Wednesday May 13, outdoor public table tennis tables will be available again for people to use, with members of their household or one other person only. No more than two people at any one time should be playing on the same table.

This does not change the current recommendation about playing table tennis indoors – table tennis should only currently be played indoors in your own household and with members of your own household. Exercise in an indoor sports court, gym or leisure centre is still prohibited.

If you are in a position to play on an outdoor table, while abiding by government advice, you can find a list of the outdoor tables we are aware of by clicking here – please search by outdoor tables.

NB: Not all our public outdoor tables are available, as they are subject to local variations.  Some tables may be placed in areas that are inaccessible due to playgrounds/outdoor gyms still being closed. 

Our guidance when using outdoor table tennis tables is:

Players should wipe down the table before and after use with their own antibacterial wipes
Players should bring and use their own bats and balls. This equipment should not be shared with others. If playing with a person not from their household, two different balls should be used (e.g. using two different colour balls) so players only need to handle their own ball
A distance of 2m between players and others should be kept at all times
Avoid handshakes or other physical contact
If you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating, you should stay at home and not use such facilities
Players should use one side of the table and not swap ends

Click on the image below for a downloadable PDF poster

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