PDC press release concerning COVID-19

The following is a press release issued by the PDC in relation to COVID-19 and the current status
of PDC tournaments. This is currently very relevant to the UK Open which starts on Friday.


The health and safety of our players, staff and fans is our main priority at all our events.

Currently, there are no plans to cancel, postpone or otherwise change the running of our events and we are in regular contact with our venues, all of which are operating as normal.

We are closely monitoring the situation and will follow advice from Public Health England, the World Health Organisation and both local and national government.

We would like to draw the attention of anyone who attends any of our events to the following general advice:
– Frequently clean your hands in soap and water, or with an alcohol-based hand rub. We will endeavour to provide additional hand sanitizers where possible;
– If you cough or sneeze, please cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue – throw the tissue away immediately and wash your hands;
– Avoid contact with anyone who has a fever or cough;
– Avoid unnecessary contact with ‘high touch’ areas such as handrails, lift buttons, door handles, surfaces etc;
– If you experience difficulty breathing, have a high temperature or cough, please stay at home and contact a medical advisor by phone;
– Players are entitled, should they wish, not to shake hands or have any other form of physical contact with their opponent or officials (for example at the end of their match);
– Fans are advised that during this time players may not feel comfortable interacting with fans to their usual level and so it may be more difficult to obtain autographs or pictures with players. Fans are thanked for their understanding at this time.

If you are considering attending a PDC event in any capacity and have recently returned to the UK from overseas, particularly affected parts of Asia or northern Italy, we would like to draw your attention to the following advice from the UK Government

This article was written on March 2 2020 and will be updated as required.