The ECB latest guidance summary to cricket clubs is as follows

ECB maintains the position that all recreational cricket remains suspended until further notice, with the sole exception of the use of outdoor cricket facilities for the purpose of undertaking exercise.

The ECB’s primary and ongoing goal is to protect the health of everyone in and around the game. The adjusted lockdown restrictions provide an opportunity for the use of outdoor cricket facilities for the purpose of undertaking exercise. With these objectives in mind, Cheadle Hulme CC is looking at ways in which we can introduce arrangements to allow members of the club to safely make use of our facilities, subject to the adjusted lockdown restrictions

The ECB summary of advice contains the following points which we want to reinforce to members:

  • You can exercise outdoors on your own, with members of your household or with one other person from outside your household while keeping two metres apart at all times. You must only exercise in groups of no more than two people, unless you are exercising exclusively with members of your household.
  • Social distancing of at least two metres must be maintained at all times (unless all participants are members of the same household).
  • Only one-to-one coaching will be permitted during any formal coaching sessions. First Aid facilities will be available at such sessions
  • You should only bring and use your own equipment, if possible.
  • No saliva or sweat should come into contact with the ball at any time.
  • You should wash hands at home before and after using our outdoor facilities. Bring your own hand sanitiser where possible. Please note that there will be no toilet facilities available on site while you are on the grounds.

ECB is clear that outdoor facilities should only reopen when clubs are ready to do so and they can do so safely, following public health guidance. We want to make our outdoor facilities available to members, but in a gradual, organised way that ensures the safety and well-being of all users.

So, as a club, we will be looking to have the following arrangements in place:

  • Members will only be able to make use of properly maintained facilities.
  • There will be a booking system for our outdoor space in order to manage access and demand that members will be urged to use for their own safety and well-being.
  • As part of the booking process members are advised, when booking, to check for symptoms of COVID-19 and when booking that – in line with current Government guidance – if they are symptomatic, living in a household with a possible COVID-19 infection or if they are classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds, they should remain at home and follow Government guidance.
  • A sanitation procedure will be used between use/bookings when required.
  • A representative of the club will be on site during the hours that the outdoor facilities are in use for any organised coaching sessions. It is expected that a responsible adult from a household using the facilities would supervise members of their household at other times.
  • Signs will be displayed to advise people when our facilities are closed, or open and available for use. Any closed signs would be there to deter use by the general public as our ground is largely open access. Members would be expected to respect any closed signs in place for their own safety and well-being.

As our arrangements come into force, the ECB advises members to:

  • Seek confirmation from the club that it is open and make a booking, using the booking form on the club website and only come onto the ground once the booking is confirmed.
  • Check for symptoms of COVID-19. In line with current Government guidance, if you are symptomatic, living in a household with a possible COVID-19 infection or if you are classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds, you should remain at home and follow Government guidance.
  • Avoid public transport if at all possible.

ECB has provided detailed guidance on the preparation and administration of outdoor facilities for clubs, and guidelines for participation for individuals. The situation is evolving constantly, and we will continue to update our guidance as more information becomes available.