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The ECB has issued updated guidance on the return of recreational cricket in England from Monday as part of their Clubs & League Update on 10th April

This guidance is for organised cricket in England only at Step 2 of the Government Roadmap out of Lockdown from 12 April 2021 until progression to Step 3 is confirmed by the UK Government (no earlier than 17 May 2021). It is based upon UK Government Guidance for recreational sport available here.

It is important that as club you take time to understand the guidance and put in the required measures as Cricket have a collective responsibility to ensure the safety of our communities by ensuring compliance with the latest Government guidance.

ECB have updated their COVID-19 pages with improved links from the website and updated FAQ’s – mainly on travel, parents and spectators and this is also appears at the bottom of this article in our Key Document section

What has changed under Step 2 (12th April)?

  • The activities permissible through organised outdoor cricket activity remain the same as 29th March and therefore existing guidance should be followed.
  • The main changes for cricket relate to outdoor hospitality which is now permissible subject to following government guidance.  The full guidance can be found here.

Whilst spectators are still not permissible, ECB have updated our FAQ’s to explain what the exemptions are for parents, guests/patrons using your venue for hospitality purposes and what this means if your ground is located within a public open space. Please ensure you read the FAQ’s and full guidance carefully and communicate appropriately to your members. Whilst Government permissions change from 12th April you will still need to complete an updated Risk Assessment and should only move to the next stage if and when you are ready to do so.

Key messages (29th March):

  • 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.

Key Documents