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Covid Testing at Bolton:
Covid Testing will be carried out between 11.30-17.30 GMT on Wednesday Feb 24th. Players will be advised of their time slot by Graham Fairhurst independantly.
Players must return a negative result to be permitted to participate in the event. Players who return a positive result will not be permitted to participate in the event and may be replaced by a reserve player.
Testing will be carried out by the PDC’s appointed healthcare provider, Prenetics, who are Public Health England approved and will provide suitably qualified personnel to conduct Covid-19 antigen tests.
Any person whose test returns an inconclusive result will be required to retake the test and remain in (or enter) isolation inside their hotel room until a negative result is obtained. If a positive result is obtained, that person will be required to leave the hotel immediately and return home to self-isolate in accordance with UK Government procedures.
Non-UK players who test positive will be required to make arrangements to self- isolate in the UK for ten days before returning home and then leave the Venue at the earliest possible opportunity.It is an individual’s own responsibility to ascertain if they have any requirements from their own government to quarantine on their return to their home country.
All non-UK players are advised to check their Travel Insurance policy before travelling. Any person who refuses to take the test or leaves the Venue/Hotel (as applicable) before obtaining a negative result will be removed from the Venue/Hotel and be excluded from the event.
During their stay at the event, players and their guests may leave the Hotel/Venue for sensible, legitimate reasons only, for a maximum of ONE HOUR per day. A code of conduct will be provided (on the Bubble Info Document) for each person to follow to include social distancing and not mixing unnecessarily with external people or environments.
Players still competing in the tournament are strongly encouraged to remain in the Hotel/Venue until the end of the event. The PDC’s Welfare Officer will conduct daily temperature checks and health screening for all on-site personnel.
It is strongly advised that any player displaying symptoms of Covid-19 or who feels they may be positive obtain a test locally to avoid a wasted journey although they will still need to undergo the PDC’s test on arrival at the Venue.
The PDC will have a medically qualified Welfare Office on site and any person feeling unwell or showing any symptoms of illness will be required to remain in their hotel room until they are medically cleared to leave their room.
Daily Registration at the venue:
Players need to register in the venue from 11.00 - 13.00 GMT with play expected to start at 14.00 GMT. If you do not register by 13.00 GMT you will not be included in the draw for that day, with timings as follows:
- 11.00 GMT - Doors Open
- 11.00 to 13.00 - GMT Registration
- 13.00 GMT - Registration closes, and the draw is made
- 14.00 GMT - Play Commences.
- It is your responsibility to ensure you have registered at the correct location. Failure to do so could result in you being omitted from the draw.
- Players must register with PDC Officials upon arrival to ensure that they are included in the draw.
The Players Championship tournaments will be streamed live online through the PDC’s website (PDCTV) and to a number of bookmakers’ websites worldwide.
There will be two streaming boards which will be used throughout the day, any player asked to play their game on one of these boards must do so as per Rule 4.16 of the 2021 PDC Order of Merit Rules.
- Last 128 up to & including the Quarter-Finals: Best of 11 legs
- Semi Finals: Best of 13 legs
- Final: Best of 15 legs
These tournaments each have a prize fund of £75,000, split as follows:
Quarter Final £2,250
Last 16 £1,500
Last 32 £1,00
Last 64 £500
Are only need to register at the Security Desk in the foyer on the way into the venue. DRA Registered Managers and bonafide employees, parents/guardians of players aged under-18 or persons required to accompany a player for genuine medical reasons are the only guests permitted in these events.
If you are staying at the Holiday Inn, there will be x2 PDPA Shuttles in operation to the venues on each day. These will start at 10.45am every day and will be every 15 minutes.
For the benefit of competing players and their guests, mobile phones must be turned onto silent before entering the playing area. You are allowed to use mobile phones within the playing area for messaging and browsing the internet. The making or receiving of calls in the playing area is forbidden. This includes the bar area. If you need to make a phone call you must leave the playing area.
It is also forbidden for Players and/or their guests to take photographs within the playing area. Where a Player or guest fails to comply with this rule it will lead to a referral to the Darts Regulation Authority for possible disciplinary action.
Guests who breach this rule may be asked to leave the Arena. Please note that Players are responsible for their guests at all time when they are attending an event.
Food, Hot & Cold Soft Drinks:
These will be available in the Venue. As per Government Guidelines there will be no other Bar Service available.
Players Championships 1-4 (PDC Super Series 1)
Premier Suite, Bolton Whites Hotel
February 25th-28th Player Entries
Mike De Decker
José de Sousa
Geert De Vos
Jeffrey de Zwaan
Kai Fan Leung
Raymond van Barneveld
Dimitri Van den Bergh
Vincent van der Voort
Dirk van Duijvenbode
Michael van Gerwen
Berry van Peer
Official PDC Hotel:
All hotel bookings must be made via Hayley Upward at the PDC firstname.lastname@example.org the two official PDC hotels are below: (Confirmation of which one you are booked in will be in your confirmation when sent)
Hotel 1: Bolton Whites Hotel, University of Bolton Stadium, Bolton, Gtr Manchester BL6 6SF
Hotel 2: Holiday Inn Bolton Centre, 1 Higher Bridge Street, Bolton BL1 2EW
Room Rates for both hotels:
Single £80 B&B (including VAT)
Double/Twin £90 B&B (including VAT)
You must check-out before 11am on the day they wish to depart, to avoid being charged for the following night. Rooms should be single occupancy only, unless you are from the same household. UPDATE: At Bolton Whites, you can check-out at the latest 1pm on the Sunday.
Testing & Check In:
All testing is being conducted at the Bolton Whites Hotel. If you are staying in the Holiday Inn Bolton Centre please go to the Bolton Whites Hotel for your test at the appointed time BEFORE you check- in to the hotel.
At the Bolton Whites Hotel, please enter the hotel via the main reception. You will be escorted to the Covid-19 testing station and following your test you must self-isolate in your own hotel room until you receive your result. YOU MUST NOT LEAVE YOUR ROOM UNTIL YOU RECEIVE A RESULT.
If you require a transfer to the Holiday Inn this will be provided by the PDC for you – or you may transfer in your own car. No other form of transport is permitted (taxi, bus etc).
Please arrive at your allocated testing time – if you are running late you MUST inform Graham Fairhurst. Be aware that if you are late it may not be possible for you to be tested in time for you to leave your room until later the following day.
Once you are inside your hotel room you MUST NOT leave it (except in an emergency) until your test result is received therefore please ensure you have everything with you (including luggage, darts equipment, snacks etc!)
Any person whose test returns an inconclusive result will be required to retake the test and remain in isolation inside their hotel room until a negative result is obtained.
If a positive result is obtained, you will be required to leave the hotel immediately and return home to self-isolate in accordance with UK Government procedures. The PDC will inform you of this and security personnel will escort you from site. No player who tests positive or displays symptoms shall be permitted to participate in the event.
If one person in a room tests positive, the other guest(s) must also leave immediately and self-isolate in accordance with UK government guidelines. You may only share a room with a member of the same household or a registered carer.
Non-UK players who test positive will be required to make arrangements to self-isolate in the UK for 10 days before returning home and then leave the Venue at the earliest possible opportunity.
At The Hotel:
The PDC is enforcing a ‘semi-bubble’ for this event. You are permitted to leave the hotel and arena for up to ONE HOUR per day once you have provided a negative test result, providing you behave sensibly and responsibly and do not place yourself in a position where you increase the risk of Covid contamination unnecessarily.
You may use off-site shops, or exercise off-site (for example go for a walk or run) providing you follow social distancing guidelines at all times and do not use them at busy times. Public transport or taxis should not be used.
Appropriate examples of reasons to leave the bubble are: returning to your car, essential shopping, visiting a restaurant for a takeaway/delivery.
Inappropriate examples of reasons to leave the venue are: meeting up with friends or people outside the bubble, visiting busy shops, attending social events.
Daily room servicing will NOT be provided at the Hotels. Bedding, bathroom amenities and clean towels will be left for collection at the hotel reception. Room servicing can be arranged on request.
Hotel staff who are working within the hotel and arena area will wear PPE and follow social distancing guidelines. The Bolton Whites Hotel and Holiday Inn Bolton Centre are exclusive for PDC personnel (with the exception of venue staff).
In Room Dining will be available and this will be the only way you will be able to use the hotel’s dining facilities whilst you are waiting for your test result. If you wish to smoke, you must do so outside the hotel observing social distancing at all times.
On site Catering:
Breakfast - Pre-Order form given day before to book room service 8.30am – 10.30am
Lunch/Dinner - Pre-order form given day before to book room service Lunch 12pm to 4pm & Dinner 4pm to 10pm.
Room Service - Limited menu available from 10pm
Holiday Inn Bolton Centre:
Breakfast - Pre-order before 11pm the night before. Served between 7:30am – 10am
Lunch/Dinner - Room service 12pm- 5pm/5:30pm – 9:30pm
Room Service - Limited menu available from 9:30pm
It should be noted that alcohol will only be available to purchase via In Room Dining at any time during the Event and within the Bubble. Any update to this position will be communicated as soon as it is known.
You may order delivered food from external restaurants to the hotel main reception and should observe social distancing at all times when collecting your order.
At The Events:
On entering the arena each day, all PDC personnel (players, guests, staff) will receive a temperature check and health screening questionnaire by the PDC’s Welfare Officer. Once the temperature has been determined to be normal, all personnel will be given a wristband to wear. Players may remove their wristband for their match.
Anyone who records a high temperature will be required to be retested 15 and then if required, 30 minutes later. If their temperature remains high, they will be assessed by a qualified medical person to determine whether or not they will be permitted into the arena or not.
Please remember to follow social distancing guidelines at all times when in the hotel and arena – where possible stay 1m+ from other people. Please wash your hands regularly and use hand sanitisers provided around the arena.
A medically-trained Welfare Officer is available should you feel unwell at any stage or have any other queries. To contact the Welfare Officer, please call PDC Tournament Director Graham Fairhurst via +44 (0) 7930 975 240.
The University of Bolton Stadium will be open to players and guests from 1100 each day and you must only enter via the signposted route from the hotel.
Players are encouraged to bring their own practice board for their room but should note that not all rooms are designed in a way that will accommodate door hanging boards so DartMate or similar stands are recommended.
Please avoid physical contact with other players and staff, including handshakes and/or hugs. No more than four players may use a practice board at any one time and social distancing must be observed by utilising the marked lines.
Following your elimination from each Event (or on winning it!), you are required to leave the Arena at the earliest opportunity and return to the hotel. On your departure day, you are requested to leave your belongings in your hotel room, and collect these before departing. Suitcases will not be permitted inside the arena.
If you have any queries during your stay, please contact PDC Tournament Director Graham Fairhurst via +44 (0) 7930 975 240.
Travel to the BOLTON:
Premier Suite, Bolton Whites Hotel, Burnden Way, Horwich, Bolton BL6 6JW
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Manchester Airport is approximately 24 miles from the venue/hotel Click Here for map, can be done direct via the train and takes 45 minutes, or by car around 30 minutes.
If you are travelling onto the UK Open, you can get a train from Bolton to Milton Keynes which takes 2hrs 26 mins with one change and is from £28.00 CLICK HERE
For any Flights:
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- Neg Covid Test on Arrival to UK
- Type of Test required.
- Neg Test to Return Home
- Quarantine - PDC exemption Letter (DCMS) to aid travel
Have you arranged your Covid Test prior to entering England: This needs to be a valid test PCR or tbc not an NHS or GOV App test? Make sure this is no longer than 72 hours prior to departing for England. You do not need to take a test if you began your journey to England from: Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey, Ascension, Falkland Islands, St Helena
What type of test is needed:
The type of test required needs to be a PCR Test, LAMP or Antigen Test.
Have you arranged for a test for returning home after the event:
If flying home, or driving through UK Borders? All countries now require that you have a Negative Covid Test prior to departure. This test is required if you are travelling back to Ireland, USA, Canada and mainland Europe. But is not required for Northern Ireland. If you are travelling directly to the UK Open, this will be arranged for the Saturday (6th) by the PDC at the MK Hotel.
Make sure you are fully aware of the full quarantine restrictions for your own region/country for when you return. For arrival in England please make sure you go direct to the hotel and keep all your documents ready including your PDC Letter and test result.
Have you received a PDC Letter to aid with travel:
This is an exemption letter, If you have not received this, please contact Hayley at the PDC email@example.com
Follow all current health guidelines to stay safe:
Face masks, social distancing, wash your hands regularly, use hand sanitiser, and do not travel if you have tested positive for Covid-19 or you have any symptoms.
There is ample parking.