The Republic of Ireland Billiards & Snooker Association have produced a Roadmap for Reopening Snooker & Billiards in Ireland in conjunction with Sport Ireland and facilitate a safe and controlled reopening of billiard & snooker events.
“RIBSA have submitted this “Playing Safe” Roadmap for the reopening of snooker clubs. RIBSA have developed this set of protocols to advise clubs and players on how to reopen in a controlled and safe manner. RIBSA have also submitted a Roadmap for the return to competitive snooker and billiards. Both documents will be reviewed by Sport Ireland and the Expert Group on the return to Sport. However, clubs and players should be aware that that each phase may evolve, accelerate or move backwards depending on the public health situation therefore clubs and NGB’s will need to keep that at the back of their mind”.
In the first instance this roadmap places the health and safety of all stakeholders at the top of its priorities, everything else is secondary. RIBSA believe it will allow for a safe and controlled return to playing snooker & billiards.
With the help of the players, referees, TD’s, club owners and staff and all the stakeholders RIBSA are confident that if these protocols are followed it can be the first step on the road to getting back to playing snooker & billiards as it should be, competitively and safely.
In the initial month’s members will need to be aware of the limited basis in which they will have the opportunity to play. RIBSA and the clubs will seek to ensure members understand the necessity of the restrictions, to minimise the risk of a reintroduction of the lock-down measures.
Members should be aware that these restrictions are not going to last forever, but they must live within them and be patient while they are in place.
In the interim be safe and follow all HSE advise.