The GBR Board met 10th August, 2020 and resolved that the coming Pennant Season 2020/2021 will not commence until after the Christmas break.
Midweek Pennant will start on Tuesday 12th January 2021; Saturday Pennant will start on Saturday 16th January 2021. Only 9 rounds will be played. The finals series is yet to be determined.
GBR stated "The decision was reached based on the current Coronavirus environment with Stage 3 restrictions remaining in place for weeks to come, the transition to extended Social Distancing requirements and considerations of Health & Safety for all our members with the imminent greens loading during Pennant. Of course, we are hoping by January 2021, COVID-19 fears have ceased."
They went on to say "This notice will support Clubs moving forward to plan for Club business and events and manage Club activities in accordance with the COVID-19 restrictions in place at that time, knowing that Pennant will not be a consideration until the New Year."
"On behalf of the GBR Board, appreciation and thanks go to all Clubs for the cooperation and comments you have provided and as always, your continued support".
GBR have not yet clarified whether their recently announced changes to the format of Pennant stands (21 ends straight through etc) or will revert back to normal conditions. A decision no doubt will be made nearer January when the pandemic conditions are known.