Following the Government’s updated guidance for outdoor organised sports around the easing of social restrictions in England on 29 March, the ECB have confirmed the return of recreational cricket in England from that date.
The ECB have produced an updated roadmap and accompanying documents (below) to provide clubs with the headline information on what activities are permissible from 29 March onwards.
These measures will remain in place until progression to Step 2 of the road map out of lockdown is confirmed by the Government. This will be no earlier than 12th April.
It is fantastic that we are going to be able to return to play, but it is critical that cricket clubs take time to read and understand the guidance and put the required measures in place. Cricket has a collective responsibility to ensure the safety of our communities by ensuring compliance with the latest Government guidance.
- Clubs and venues are required to carry out a COVID Risk Assessment and to put in place control measures to limit the transmission of COVID-19 during organised cricket.
- This guidance provides both playing and venue (staging) advice on how to control and minimise those risks whilst enjoying cricket safely.
- Everyone attending an organised cricket activity should carry out a self-assessment for COVID symptoms before leaving home and follow NHS and PHE self-isolation procedures if they are symptomatic.
- No one who is required to self-isolate should attend an organised cricket activity.
- Cricket is by nature a socially distanced game and social distancing should be maintained on the field wherever possible.
- Off the field, social distancing guidelines and legal gathering size limits must be observed – at Step 1B this means the Rule of 6 or a group made up of two households (a group made up of two households can include more than 6 people, but only where all members of the group are from the same two households (or support/childcare bubbles, where eligible)).
- Changing rooms must remain closed except for disabled persons and emergency requirements. Participants should arrive in their kit ready to play and should return home in their kit.
- Clubhouses including social and hospitality facilities must remain closed, but toilet and hand washing provision is permitted subject to risk assessment, occupancy limits, suitable ventilation and frequent and effective cleaning.
- Hygiene breaks in play are required every 6 overs.
- Participants should bring their own food and drink and drinks bottles should not be shared.
- There is a legal requirement to record participant and attendee contact details for the purposes of…
- NHS Test and Trace and clubs and venues must ensure that data is collected in accordance with data protection law.
- Spectators are not permitted in any indoor or outdoor sport facility at Step 1B. This does not apply to carers for people with disabilities, or adults needed to supervise under-18s in a safeguarding role. Where it is necessary for them to be present, supervising adults should not mix with others from outside their household or support bubble.