The UK quarantine looks set to disrupt the PDC tour plans after the government confirmed the start date of June 8th.
The PDC Pro Tour, Development tour and challenge tour have already been dealt a crushing blow by COVID-19. The news that as of 8th June anyone entering the UK will have to go into a 14 day quarantine is another headache for the PDC and other sporting bodies.
UK quarantine looks set to disrupt the PDC tour
The PDC tour has suffered many postponements and cancellations already this year, a full revised schedule can be found here
Hope of live action was given a boost earlier this week with Milton Keynes set to host some live snooker action in an isolated environment. Participation of players residing outside of the UK has been almost ruled out of any such events by the 14 day quarantine period announced by the UK government.
What are the rules of the quarantine:
– Passengers arriving in the UK by plane, ferry or train – including UK nationals – will have to provide an address where they will remain for 14 days. There is a £100 penalty for anyone found to have not filled in this ”contact locator” form.
– Surprise visits will be used to check they are following the rules. Those in England could be fined up to £1,000 if they fail to self-isolate, while governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can also impose penalties.
– Passengers will be asked to drive in their own car to their destination, where possible. If they don’t provide an address, the government will arrange accommodation.
– They must then not go to work, school, or public areas, or use public transport or taxis. They should also not have any visitors unless they are providing essential support, and should not go out to buy food or other essentials where they can rely on others.
45 of the 128 PDC tour card holders in 2020 reside outside of the UK permanently or have returned to their home country since the suspension of the tour. With so many players living abroad planning any resumption of ranking events will be near impossible and with the initial 3 weeks being set as timeline for further review a second or third 3 week quarantine period cannot be ruled out.