Archive for Covid-19

Coronavirus Update

The Welsh Government has today announced that Wales will move into Level 4 restrictions on 28 December 2020 which means, as announced earlier by the WPA, that outdoor sports will NOT be permitted. The Monkstone Executive has discussed the wider issues of the increasing level of infections in Wales. Our discussions were informed by the WG advice that we ought to consider what we “SHOULD” do rather than what we “CAN” do and the view that if it was not for the political decision to allow the Christmas break then the science would have said that we move to Level 4 this weekend.

In the light of these discussions, and in my capacity as the MPC Coronavirus Officer, I have taken the following decisions:

  1. The 2020 Xmas Melee scheduled for this Sunday 20 December  2020 is POSTPONED. A revised date will be scheduled when the restrictions permit.
  2. Monkstone PC will CLOSE TO ALL ACTIVITIES from Monday 21 December 2020 until such times as the restrictions permit us to reopen.
  3. It follows that the 2020 Club Doubles, which had already been rearranged once and is currently scheduled for 3 January 2021, is also POSTPONED again until a revised date can be scheduled when the restrictions permit.

These decisions have not been taken lightly but in the best interests of the health and safety of all our members and acknowledging the duty of care we have to our members.

Further updates will be issued as soon as we have any news regarding lifting of Corona virus restrictions.

Finally may I take this opportunity to wish all our members a Happy Christmas and a better 2021.

Bernard Adshead – MPC Coronavirus Officer


Club to Reopen Next Week

Following today’s announcement by the Welsh Government outlining the rules that will apply when the current lockdown ends at midnight on next Sunday, Monkstone Petanque Club is pleased to confirm that it will reopen on Monday 9 November 2020 with the usual Monday Roll-up.

Bernard Adshead

MPC Coronavirus Officer

Covid-19 Closes Club Again

In line with the Welsh Government restrictions announced on Monday 19 October 2020, Monkstone Petanque Club will cease all activities from 6pm on Friday 23 October 2020. No pistes can be booked until at least 9 November 2020.

It is hoped that we will be able to reopen on 9 November 2020 but this will depend on the lifting of the restrictions by the Welsh Government.

Keep safe and hopefully we can recommence playing in November.

Bernard Adshead – MPC Coronavirus Officer

NHS Test Trace Protect

Monkstone Petanque Club is encouraging members to participate in the NHS Test Trace Protect project by downloading and using the NHS Covid-19 App to help in the fight to eradicate Covid-19 from the country.

You will see a poster like the one below with a QR code (the large square full of random small black and white squares) on the door of our club house which you should scan each time you visit the Club. We also encourage you to use the process whenever you visit any location displaying a similar poster. When somebody using the App is diagnosed with Covid-19:

  1. If it is you that tests positive, then everyone who might have been in contact with you, either at the Club or any other location where you have scanned a Venue Poster will be notified by the Test Trace team.
  2. If it is someone else who tests positive and they have been in contact with you, the Test Trace team will notify you and all other people that they have been in contact with, and all the people that you have been in contact with. 

In order to participate in this vital NHS project you will need a fairly modern smartphone and to download the NHS Covid-19 App from Google Play or the App Store. From the options on the App, select “Venue Check-in” and this will open your phone’s camera in the top half of the screen. Point the camera at the QR code (you don’t have to press anything) and when the code is recognised you will get a message confirming that you have registered your visit.

We recognise that not all members will be able to participate but you are urged to join if you can. The more members that join the more effective the project will be.


NHS Test Trace Protect

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Doubles Back at Monkstone

The Club today announced the return of Doubles Play from 5 August 2020 with the following message to all members.

Dear Member
The Club are delighted to announce the return of Doubles play from Wednesday 5 August 2020 following the announcements from the Welsh Government over the last 3 weeks.
All Members should remember that the relaxation of the rules for groups meeting outdoors is firmly predicated on SOCIAL DISTANCING BEING MAINTAINED. It is NOT a return to a pre-Covid normal. Social Distancing Protocols for Doubles Play are included in the new guidelines attached to this email. Players MUST strictly adhere to these protocols.
If the return of Doubles Play is considered to be a success with members following the guidelines then it is hoped that from Monday 17 August 2020 we can reintroduce the Monday “Roll-up” albeit in a slightly modified format.
The updated Guidelines and the latest Risk Assessment are published on the Club Website.
Keep Safe 
Bernard Adshead
MPC Coronavirus Officer