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Return to Play Guidance for Wales Tuesday 14 July 2020

 

Return to Play Guidance for Wales – Tuesday 14 July 2020

With the Welsh Government this evening publishing its guidance for a phased return of Sport, Recreation and Leisure at https://gov.wales/sport-recreation-and-leisure-guidance-phased-return, Cricket Wales and the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are pleased to now be able to share Return to Activity Guidance for Cricket in Wales (Step 4 of the ECB Roadmap), which can be found here 

We are very grateful to our participants and volunteers for their patience since the good news of Friday, which now permits organised outdoor activity for up to 30 people and which therefore allows recreational cricket to return in Wales.

Cricket Wales looks forward to hosting club representatives at our scheduled webinars this Thursday evening, and we remain at your disposal as we work through the next steps of preparing Cricket’s return with you.

Further guidance specific to Wales, pertaining to the use of clubhouses and additional guidance for Officials, can be found below and will also appear on Cricket Wales’ social channels.

Use of Clubhouse & Facilities in Wales

8 Step Infographic for return to cricket in Wales (*Welsh translation version coming shortly)

Before, during and after Cricket activity in Wales 

Roadmap for return of cricket in Wales 

Welsh Officials Guidance 

Return to Nets Practice

Risk Assessment for clubs returning to play

 

Spectator Statement 

Welsh Government guidance https://gov.wales/sport-recreation-and-leisure-guidance-phased-return is very clear on Spectators;

Supporters and other spectators should be limited at this stage to only those persons who need to attend, e.g. parents or guardians of children who require their attendance for health or safeguarding reasons.

Gatherings, outside of organised outdoor activity, are still not permitted under Welsh law.   The reality is cricket is in an extremely privileged position to be the first team sport back playing in Wales, and we must take the lead in showing how organised outdoor activity – in our case, a game of cricket (with a few adaptations) – can take place safely and responsibly and within the guidelines. We must not abuse that privilege.   Cricket CANNOT be seen to be encouraging gatherings. We have been permitted to take part in organised activity in groups of up to 30; anyone who strays within 2m of the boundary would count among those 30, so clubs should absolutely NOT be encouraging spectators to their game.

I urge people to be sensible and work within the guidelines, not try to find a way to circumvent them; The focus here should be on getting back to playing (a slightly adapted version of) the game we love, not trying to leap straight back to where we left off.   Respect the law. Be safe, be sensible and let’s have cricket be part of the positive solution to our communities recovering from the impact of Covid.    

Leshia Hawkins Chief Executive / Prif Weithredwr

 



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