This page is intended to be an ongoing source of advice and information with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic and how it affects the table tennis community. It is intended that it will be kept up to date should circumstances and government recommendations change – and they probably will!

Some items will be for advice only and some will be Wigan and District Table Tennis League rules to be adhered to.

SELF ASSESSMENT. – Before attending any sporting activity, all participants, volunteers and spectators should Self Assess for COVID-19 symptoms { a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; a loss of, or change to, their sense of smell or taste} If you have one or more of these symptoms {even if they are mild} you are advised not to attend any sporting activity and to follow  NHS guidance on testing and self-isolation.

INFORMED DECISIONS. -  Consider your own health and circumstances ( for example if you are not yet double vaccinated or you live with somebody vulnerable} so you can make an informed choice about whether you wish to participate.


Wigan League Rule – If any team member has a positive COVID-19 test then the team captain {or other team representative} MUST inform the League Secretary of the name of the player and the date of the positive test. The player MUST NOT play in, nor attend any match in the Wigan and District Table Tennis League for at least 14 days following the date of a positive test.  

You MUST NOT take part in any table tennis activity if you need to self isolate, for example if you have tested positive or been asked to self isolate by NHS Test and Trace. If you are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms you should not attend a table tennis match

TABLE TENNIS MATCHES. – Face coverings are no longer required by law.

If the particular venue you are at recommends or requires face coverings { when not actually playing in a game} then you must abide by this recommendation [ unless you are exempt ]. You should not generally wear a face covering while taking part in playing a match unless you have been advised to do so by a physician.

You should continue to follow good hygiene practices, to reduce the risk of transmission in the sporting environment.

Water bottles or other refreshment containers should not be shared. You should bring your own water bottle or refreshment container in a labelled or highly distinguishable container.

You should decide yourself whether you wish to shake hands with your opponent before or after your game but do not take offence if your opponent does not wish to do so.

EQUIPMENT -  Where possible do not share equipment. It is not proposed to advise sanitisation of table tennis balls but should you deem it necessary you may do so.

If possible, sanitise your hands before putting tables, nets, seating out and putting away afterwards. The premises should provide hand sanitiser.




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