We are reopening in accordance with UK Government guidelines
on 3rd April
Covid information and venue reopening
We are reopening on 3rd April (Easter weekend) following the Government lockdown restriction being eased. The relevant Government information is below. We will continue to operate our Covid Guidelines until ALL restrictions are lifted.
We will be asking all group bookings to observe the rule of six in the carpark, when watching games and in the safe area. This does not apply on the “live” game zones but again we will ask that social distancing in the elimination areas and at the side of a game zone is observed by both players and spectators .
The maximum number of players on one game zone will continue to be thirty players but this can be made up of several groups.
Hand sanitiser, masks and gloves will be available for customers and spectators.
Drinks and snacks will be available from 12 April.
Changes on 29 March
The evidence shows that it is safer for people to meet outdoors rather than indoors. And this is why from 29 March, when most schools start to break up for the Easter holidays, outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either 6 people (the Rule of 6) or 2 households will also be allowed, making it easier for friends and families to meet outside.
Business and activities
Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, and open-air swimming pools, will also be allowed to reopen, and people will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports.
The ‘stay at home’ rule will end on 29 March but many restrictions will remain in place. People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes. Travel abroad will continue to be prohibited, other than for a small number of permitted reasons. Holidays abroad will not be allowed, given it will remain important to manage the risk of imported variants and protect the vaccination programme. The government has launched a new taskforce to review global travel which will report on 12 April.
Extracts from the above link.
The Government will also allow outdoor sports facilities to reopen, broadening the options for outdoor exercise and recreation. These facilities, such as tennis and basketball courts, and swimming pools, can be used by people in line with the wider social contact limits. Formally organised outdoor sports – for adults and under 18s - can also restart and will not be subject to the gatherings limits, but should be compliant with guidance issued by national governing bodies.
Opening outdoor sports settings will help to reduce the adverse physical and mental health effects experienced by large parts of the population, in particular children and those living alone. Exercise and outdoor sports are well documented to reduce individuals’ risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lower risk of early death by up to 30%. Physical activity is also known to help with improving mental health through better sleep, happier moods, and managing stress, anxiety or intrusive and ‘racing’ thoughts.
ALL laser tag games we organise are run as private sessions and we feel this model will aid in any restrictions we have to implement.
I have been asked several times in the past few days about the new "rule of six law". We will take all bookings as groups of 6 or less (if you are a booking for 12 it will now be 2 groups of 6) BUT you can participate as part of a larger group at the event.
The important point for Laser Tag is "All supervised activities for children, including sports and exercise groups, are permitted where a risk assessment has been carried out – up to any number of participants."
Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do. Updated 14 September 2020
3.16 Can I still participate in sport and physical activity in groups of more than 6?
You can continue to take part in organised sporting or licensed physical activity in groups of more than 6. This can be in any public place – indoors or outdoors – or a private outdoor space like a garden; but not inside a private home. These activities either need to be organised by a club, business or charity; and/or involve someone who has received an official license to use equipment relevant to the activity. In all cases, the organiser must conduct a risk assessment and ensure compliance with COVID-19 Secure guidance.
You should only be playing team sports where the relevant governing body has published guidance on how to do so safely.
Organised dance and exercise classes can take place in groups of more than six, where a risk assessment has been carried out, but you should limit your social interaction with other participants.
The list of organised sport or licensed outdoor physical activity that you can do in groups of more than six includes:
There is a list of sports/activities including Paintball
All supervised activities for children, including sports and exercise groups, are permitted where a risk assessment has been carried out – up to any number of participants.
When participating in organised sport or licensed physical activity, you must not gather in groups of more than 6 before and after the activity. You must also ensure you socially distance from people you do not live with (or have formed a support bubble with) wherever possible.
When playing sports informally with people you don’t live with, you must limit the size of your group to 6. It is illegal to do so in a larger group and you may be fined.
We have several new restrictions in place. These restrictions/rules are to help reduce any spread of the virus whilst enjoying your activity session. We will try, to the best of our ability to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
Points to adhere to
1 If you or any of your household (or occupants of your vehicle) have coronavirus or exhibiting any symptoms PLEASE return to your vehicle and return home. Please then follow the Government advice about coronavirus and isolation.
2 All organisers are requested to check with players (or their parents) that the players do not have coronavirus and are not exhibiting symptoms before attending a session.
3. If more than one group is on site, we will endeavour to stagger the game times so that groups do not mix in the safe area.
4. We ask that parents who attend sessions operate 2m social distancing in both the safe area/car park and if they watch the games on the game zones.
5 We will operate a different style of game to maintain social distancing and ask players to operate a ONE player per barricade rule when playing.
6 Social distancing during the safety/induction talk and when in the “elimination zone” during games is essential.
7 Players will be issued with a laser tag gun at the start of the session and they must use this all session and not swap with other players. With paintball all masks will be numbered and again players must not swap masks. Paintball guns will also be numbered and we ask that players ensure they are using the correct numbered gun.
8 All clothing is washed after use and all masks are thoroughly cleaned and sanitised after each event. Laser tag guns and Paintball guns will be cleaned between sessions and laser tag guns will have clean new hats.
9 Hand sanitiser is available and we ask that players use it regularly (they are alcohol based so please ensure you are not allergic to these products). We will clean the toilet regularly but politely ask that players might use their toilet facilities at home before travelling to the site
10 To help reduce any risks to the staff and players all staff will wear disposable gloves and face masks during the session and ask players to consider using face masks when they play or spectate.
11 Unfortunately we will be suspending the sale of soft drinks, chocolate and food orders from Domino's. You are welcome to bring your own refreshments and call Dominos for deliveries
If you require further information please use the Enquiry Page or call 07973 692379
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Please stay safe
Coronavirus Track and Trace
As businesses Paintball Experience Ltd and Powerplay Paintball Ltd (and our trading names of Operation Laser Tag and Battlezone Archery Tag) we gather your data via the game consent forms. As per our GDPR policy we do not share this information with any other organisations other than those identified in our GDPR Policy.
If one of our customers was infected by coronavirus we could be contacted by the NHS Track and Trace system. As we have basic contact information on our game consent forms this could help speed up the tracking and tracing of possible infections.
If we are contacted we will contact the game organiser to explain the contact we have had from the NHS before we pass any details to the tracking and tracing system. We will require the track and trace team to confirm any information request by email to ensure it is genuine.
This is a temporary amendment to our GDPR policy which can be found at this link