Pool and snooker venues across Scotland have branded the decision by the Scottish government to delay reopening venues until 7 June – three weeks after other indoor leisure businesses – as “absolutely silly.”
The move, announced by Nicola Sturgeon last week, will see pool and snooker halls closed until the country enters Level One, despite bingo halls and amusement arcades welcoming back customers on 17 May.
“I can’t explain the Scottish Government’s logic and I don’t actually think that whoever makes the decisions in the Scottish Government really understands what snooker halls are actually like,” Dumfries and Galloway Seniors Snooker administrator Lindsay Currie told DnG24.
“It’s just absolutely silly… it’s not as if the snooker arrangements are any different to the arrangements in a bingo hall or amusement arcades or all these other places that are able to open. Snooker, for some reason, seems to have been singled out to be bad and can only be allowed to start up again at the last resort effectively.”
Following the announcement, national governing body Scottish Snooker hailed the move as “unfair and unjust,” noting that the game “has only been available in Scotland for 44 days since last March.”
“Two people have 352 square feet of space to play a game – you cannot get more social distancing than this – surely this cannot be deemed anything other than safe!”