Will not be having their own Independence Day as a big reopening planned on the 4th July (US Independence weekend).
The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) issued a statement which confirmed that snooker was classed as an indoor sport and would not be able to open until further reviews later on this month.
Confusion erupted last week…
It comes following days of confusion as some snooker clubs were expecting a big reopening on the 4th July after PM Boris Johnson had announced on the 23rd June that pubs, social clubs and some other facilities of the economy could reopen back for business after being shut down for more than three months in the 23rd March lockdown.
But the confusion lay between the classification of whether snooker was part of a social club experience or whether it was classed as an indoor sports facility.
The WPBSA needed to seek clarification in days of confusion.
Ministers class snooker as a sport…
Clubs took the news on the chin with some saying it was unfortunate but the law is the law.
As it stands, social clubs can open as a pub or bar or restaurant, but won’t be able to open the snooker facilities.
One snooker club, the Portland Snooker Club wrote on Facebook:
VERY IMPORTANT !!!!!!!!
Unfortunately we will NOT be able to open on Saturday or the near future as it has just been confirmed today that no indoor sports are allowed to be played. This is very disappointing and frustrating but out of our hands!
They added: Until the government tell us otherwise it is out of our hands ☹️ anyone who has booked will get priority when we eventually get the green light!
Thanks for your patience and we will see you all soon 🤞🏻