The ECB have now released the full guidance for the start of recreational cricket from 29th March. Please see below the ECB communication and all the required guidance as well as a FAQs document. Please note that the guidance is subject to updates based on Government guidance. 

 

ECB Communication:

Following the Government’s updated guidance for outdoor organised sports around the easing of social restrictions in England on 29th March, we are delighted to confirm the return of recreational cricket in England from that date. We know that our communities, players and volunteers will have missed the social, physical and health benefits of participating in our great game and we believe we have an important role to play in supporting the nations recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Importantly, we also know that we have a collective responsibility to ensure the safety of our communities by ensuring compliance with the latest Government guidance.

For England, we have produced an updated roadmap and accompanying documents (linked below) in order to provide you with the headline information on what activities are permissible from 29th March onwards. 

For Wales, we will continue to work closely with Sport Wales and Cricket Wales to provide the accompanying guidance.

 

ECB UPDATE regarding changes from 12th April:

Spectators
Under Government guidance spectators are not permitted in any indoor or outdoor sport facility at Step 1 (29th March) and Step 2 (12th April). This does not apply to carers for people with disabilities, adults needed to supervise under-18s in a safeguarding role or patrons attending the venue for hospitality. Where it is necessary for them to be present, supervising adults should not mix with others from outside their household or support bubble.

Sporting events that are intended to attract spectators (including ticketed events), should not take place in a public space, or on private land, until Step 3 at the earliest and subject to Government permissions.

Clubs are not responsible for controlling who views cricket in public open spaces or for people on public footpaths, however they should not promote or encourage spectator attendance as outlined above.

Hospitality
As part of Step 2 of the Government’s Roadmap (12th April), outdoor hospitality at recreational cricket clubs is permitted. All participants must follow Government guidance on hospitality settings and specific advice for sport facility operators available on the Government’s website. People using clubhouses and hospitality facilities must adhere to legal gathering limits and wider government guidance. Patrons or members of clubs may view cricket activity if they are following the guidance on hospitality.

Outdoor hospitality and outdoor organised activity are permissible at the same time, subject to compliance with relevant Government guidance.

Travel
Car sharing is not permitted with someone from outside your household or your support bubble unless your journey is undertaken for an exempt reason. Sport and physical activity are not exempt reasons, so you cannot car share for sport and physical activity.

The only exemption is for participants with a disability.

You can find more information in the government’s guidance on safer travel.

Changing Rooms
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.

 

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