These details will be updated when the ECB makes further announcements
Issued 1 April 2022
Copied from the ECB website
ECB Covid-19 Update for England and WalesOn 1 April, the Government’s guidance on COVID-19 measures for grassroots sport participants and providers was lifted. To align with this policy change, ECB has also removed any cricket specific guidance relating to COVID-19. As such, clubs and leagues will no longer be required to follow any protocols aside from the single piece of public health guidance issued by UK Health Security Agency. This good news means we have the green light to return to business as usual for the 2022 season. However, we continue to encourage players and volunteers in the game to be responsible and considerate to others. Practice Good Hygiene
Continue to follow good hygiene practices to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. For example, keeping your venues clean and avoiding the sharing of water bottles or other refreshment containers.
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Ensure Proper Ventilation
Ventilate your indoor spaces by opening windows and doors and using suitable mechanical ventilation where available.
Show Respect for Others
Show Respect For Others
Continue to be respectful to individuals at higher risk who may still wish to minimise their contact with other people. For example, by not shaking hands before games or physically distancing, or expecting umpires to accept clothing or hats on the field of play
If you have Covid symptoms, consider getting tested and avoiding any unnecessary contact with your fellow club members.
You may also wish to early adopt MCC’s new Law 41.3 - No saliva to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission This new law which comes into force game-wide from October 2022, preserves the playing conditions widely adopted during the Covid period that prohibited the use of saliva to change the ball’s condition. Instead of saliva, players will continue to use sweat to polish the ball, a practice that MCC’s research found equally effective at allowing bowlers to swing the ball. Not only will Law 41.3 improve hygiene, it will also remove any grey areas around fielders eating sugary sweets to alter the saliva they apply to the ball. Once enacted using saliva will be treated the same way as any other unfair methods of changing the condition of the ball.
Issued 19 July 2021 Step 4 details
Issued 14 June 2021
Following the recent announcement that Step 3 Covid restrictions will now be extended until 19 July, we want to ensure cricket continues to 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.
Issued 14 May 2021. Also the latest guidance details and FAQ's from 25 May 2021
Copied from the ECB website With the positive news from the UK Government confirming England progressing to Step 3 from Monday 17th May, we have updated our guidance to reflect what these changes mean for organised outdoor cricket. Whilst these changes come into effect from Monday 17th May, it is important to remember that clubs should be encouraged to move at their own pace and only move to the next steps if and when they feel ready to do so. The main changes under Step 3 guidance are as follows:
On-field Activities: All on-field restrictions remain as previously communicated
Changing rooms: can open where it is safe to do so but social distancing and other mitigation measures must be observed, including restrictions on capacity limits. (Signage can be found via resource hub.)
Hospitality: Clubhouses and facilities that serve food and drink can open. At Step 3, both indoor and outdoor hospitality will be permitted. The provision of food and beverage should be as per government guidance on hospitality settings
Spectators: Spectators are permitted at both public and private venues. Spectators must observe social distancing and legal gathering size limits (groups of up to 30 outdoors).
Travel: You can leave your home to exercise and take part in informal and organised cricket. Car sharing is permitted at Step 3 for sport in accordance with the government guidance for safer travel.
Issued 9 April 2021
Issued 26 March 2021
Issued 19 March 2021
Issued 24 February 2021
The ECB welcomes the Government’s decision to permit outdoor grassroots cricket to return in time for the start of the 2021 season from 29th March. Cricket plays an important role in many people’s lives and helps to maintain positive mental and physical wellbeing. We are working with Sport England and the Government on each step of the Government’s Roadmap. We will issue further guidance shortly on what each step of the roadmap means for the game to support players, teams, clubs, coaches and umpires to prepare in time for 29th March. “We continue to work with Sport Wales and the Welsh Government on the safe return of recreational cricket as soon as possible in Wales.” The Government’s roadmap also confirmed that school sport and after-school clubs can resume from 8th March. As part of this, activities such as cricket that can help pupils to be physically active while encouraging physical distancing are encouraged. The Department for Education has published guidance to support the resumption of physical activity in schools, and coaches, teachers and venues should be aware of the following points:
Each school has the flexibility to decide how physical education, sport and physical activity will be provided
Pupils should be kept in consistent groups, with equipment cleaned between use by individual groups
Outdoor sports should be prioritised where possible, and large indoor spaces used where it is not
External facilities can be used
Competition between different schools should not take place until wider grassroots sport for under 18s is permitted
Schools can work with external coaches, clubs and organisations for curricular and extra-curricular activities, but must be satisfied that it is safe to do so
Further details on the guidelines around provision of activity for after-school clubs will be provided shortly
"Cricket has a huge part to play in helping the country back on its feet and we will work in partnership with the Government to achieve that.”