Latest advice and recommendations (provided by England Squash)
Last updated: 26 January 2022

Plan A: advice and recommendations for clubs, venues and coaches

Updated: 26 January 2022

On 19th January, the UK Government announced that England will fully return to Plan A on Thursday 27th January, meaning face coverings are no longer required by law in any setting and that people are no longer required to work from home.

Prevalence of COVID-19 is still high and as such, individuals and employers are urged to act cautiously and consider the risk of COVID-19 when moving back to Plan A.

Public health guidance will remain in place, which suggests individuals should continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces, where they may come into contact with people they do not normally meet.

Given this guidance, we encourage clubs and venues to consider the health and safety of themselves, their workforce and players, and therefore continue to recommend the following:

  • wear a face covering when inside a club/venue mixing with others you do not usually mix with (except when playing)
  • use hand sanitiser where it is provided
  • continue to wash your hands frequently, in particular before and after games
  • do not wipe your hands on the walls.

Employers and organisations will still have a legal duty to manage risks to those affected by their business, and are advised to maintain appropriate procedures (such as conducting a risk assessment). Existing Step 4 (Plan A) advice and recommendations for squash clubs/venues and coaches can be downloaded below. Please note, further updates may be introduced at a later date.

Plan A: advice and recommendations for clubs, venues and coaches

Updated: 26 January 2022

From 27th January, people are no longer required to wear a face covering but the UK Government suggests you should continue to wear one in crowded and indoor spaces where you may come into contact with people you do not normally meet. While we’re all excited to hit the court without any restrictions, we also need to ensure we all stay safe.

We encourage players to consider the health and safety of themselves and others, and continue to recommend the following:

  • wear a face covering when inside a club/venue mixing with others you do not usually mix with (except when playing)
  • use hand sanitiser where it is provided
  • continue to wash your hands frequently, in particular before and after games
  • do not wipe your hands on the walls.

We appreciate some clubs, coaches and players may still wish to take a more cautious approach and we ask the community to be respectful and considerate of people’s wishes.

Risk assessment for clubs

Last updated: 26 January 2022

Clubs and venues remain obliged to ensure they have completed a thorough risk assessment, in line with current UK Government guidance, and have developed a robust and practical COVID-19 Secure Plan.

England Squash Bounce Back campaign

England Squash is running the Bounce Back campaign, aiming to bring the squash community in England together during the coronavirus pandemic by providing opportunities, guidance and resources to clubs and venues to help them re-engage the one million people who play squash in England.

For more information, click here.

England Squash Bounce Back

FAQs

For answers to any questions you may have about playing squash and coronavirus, click here to view FAQs on the England Squash website.