COVID-19 is on the rise. And the sports halls will have to face once again. As of Saturday, indoor sports complexes will have to close which necessarily includes padel clubs which have indoor padel courts.

The other bad news: the curfew which forces centers that offer a restaurant area to close from 21h, the most profitable time for many of them. Not to mention that for restaurants that want to stay open, it is necessary to follow a strict sanitary protocol that is not necessarily obvious to the point where many restaurants prefer to close.

9 areas affected by the new measures

9 metropolises in the eye of the government:

  • Aix-Marseille
  • Rouen
  • Grenoble
  • Lille
  • Lyon
  • Paris
  • Saint Etienne
  • Toulouse
  • Montpellier

These new restrictions will come into effect in the night from Friday to Saturday midnight at the latest and are supposed to calm the progression of the coronavirus in the main French cities since we reach nearly 30.000 new cases in 24 hours.

Padel clubs are suffering

Padel Horizon, the new padel club in the south-east of Paris has been hit from the start by this crisis and has yet to close:

As since the start of the health crisis, your club wants to be responsible and applies government measures. We will communicate as soon as we have additional information. Meanwhile, we sincerely thank you for your supportive messages.

As since the beginning of the health crisis, your club wants to be responsible and applies government measures….

Published by PADDLE-HORIZON at Jeudi 15 octobre 2020

Le Padel Club in Bois d'Arcy in the west of Paris must also close its doors. Yet the area seemed relatively healthy. But the new measures concern the entire Île de France:

Following today's announcement from our premier, we inform you that your club Padel will be closed as of this weekend for 4 to 6 weeks.

Hello everyone, We are sorry for this new email but following today's announcement of our…

Published by Le Padel Club at Jeudi 15 octobre 2020

What about the administrative tribunals that suspended these closures?

The clubs which again had the authorizations to reopen as in Toulouse should again be subjected to this closure. Indeed, "these are new measures and therefore cannot be linked to any recent decisions of the administrative courts to suspend the prefectural decrees”Explains a person to the COVID 19 toll-free number.

France is not the only country to organize itself. In the country of padel, Spain, all amateur competitions are prohibited in Madrid and Barcelona. And today there is a risk of seeing the World Padel Tour suspend its next steps if the virus is not curbed quickly.

It is the indoor padel clubs in the big cities that worry us. For some, their financial health is hanging by a thread. If the government puts in place tools to help them financially, will that be enough?

Franck Binisti

Franck Binisti discovers the padel at the Pyramid Club in 2009 in the Paris region. Since then padel is part of his life. You often see him touring France by going to cover the big French paddle events.