Following the Government’s updated guidance for outdoor organised sports around the easing of social restrictions in England on 29 March, we are delighted to confirm the return of recreational cricket in England from that date. For England, we have produced an updated roadmap and accompanying documents with headline information on what activities are permissible from 29 March onwards. For Wales, we will continue to work closely with Sport Wales and Cricket Wales to provide the accompanying guidance.
This week's bulletin contains information an the ECB's response to the Government Announcement, International Women's Day and EWCT Loans.
Government Announcement - FAQs
We have been pleased with the recent Government announcements highlighting a return to cricket in England from the 29th March. We continue to work closely with DCMS and UK Government to ensure cricket plays it’s part in ensuring the safe opening up of society and that we continue to be highly respected thanks to the efforts of club volunteers up and down the country. As we finalise our guidance which will be shared with you all shortly we understand that some of you have asked questions on what activity is permissible at the moment.
Q. Can I deliver 1:1 coaching sessions?
A. Not at this time. Sports venues (including cricket facilities) must remain closed as instructed by the government until at least 29/3/21 (subject to review) and you may currently only exercise in a public outdoor space with one other person. ECB is clear that the definition of exercise in a public space is not intended to include cricket activity. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home#exercising
Q. Can I meet with other club committee members to get the ground ready for the start of the season?
A. Not at this time. ‘Stay at Home where possible’ is still in force, so grounds maintenance should be limited to essential preparation tasks with essential staff only. Large working parties are not appropriate at this stage. Clubs should risk assess any lifting or lone working that would be an health and safety risk, and delay that until Step 1b (29/3/21) when the Rule of Six will apply and ‘Stay at Home’ will be replaced with ‘Stay Local’, then sub-grouped (max 6) working parties would be more appropriate. For more information please see the latest Sport England Guidance
Thank you for your understanding in keeping people safe this summer