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UPDATED SMALL GROUP GUIDANCE ON PERMITTED RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY – 5 JUNE 2020

SUMMARY

The purpose of these guidelines is to offer practical guidance to players and clubs on the steps they should take whilst undertaking recreational cricket activity and informal cricket activity in an outdoor environment given the current restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The key update in the guidance is the allowance of small group sizes (now up to six individuals), however a number of other subtle but important changes are listed throughout the document. These guidelines currently apply to England only. Guidance specifically relating to Wales can be found here.

Consistent with UK Government guidance, published on 1 June 2020 relating to the

phased return of outdoor sport and recreation in England, the following applies to outdoor cricket:

• For all activity, social distancing of at least two metres must be maintained at all times (except between members of the same household).

• Playing cricket individually is permitted e.g. practice of individual cricket skills or fitness activities

• Playing cricket with people living in your household is permitted.

• Small group cricket activity, training or fitness in groups of no more than six (6), is permitted, keeping two (2) metres apart at all times.

• Cricket coaches, can now undertake small group sessions of up to six (6) people including the coach (1:5) and they must comply with ECB safeguarding policies (as well as being able to conduct one-to-one coaching).

• Nets should be used on an ‘every other’ basis, leaving one net free between nets. Note that for nets within a security fence, occupancy numbers could be limited by social distancing requirements.