(Last updated: 4 June 2021)

COVID-19: Return to cricket guidance

Following the recent Scottish Government announcement on varyinglevels throughout Scotland, key changes are permitted for outdoor sport including cricket.

The key changes for cricket activity concern adults (18+) youth (12 & Over) and juniors (Under 12) and should be read in conjunction with the latest sportscotland Return to Sport and Physical Activity Guidelines HERE.

Outdoor sport & group exercise in Level 3,2,1 and 0 for juniors, youth and adults

The bubble sizes for cricket matches, which excludes coaches and officials vary dependant on local area level as follows:

  • Level 3 – 30
  • Level 2 – 50
  • Level 1 – 100
  • Level 0 – 500


Participants aged 17 years or under can travel to and from Level 0, 1, 2 and 3 areas to take part in organised sport, training, and competition.

Participants aged 18 years or over can travel to and from a Level 0, 1 and 2 area to take part in organised sport, physical activity, training and competition. They should not travel to a Level 3 or 4 area.

The sharing of transport outside your own household should be avoided unless necessary.

See below for full guidance for clubs and additional resources.

Other Resources

These external resources from sportscotland, the Scottish Government and Health and Safety Executive will come in handy when planning to open your club back up.

An e-learning module has been developed by sportscotland for Club COVID officers and COVID Monitors (see below).

9 Key Principles

1. The sharing of transport outside your own household should be avoided unless necessary.

2. Physical distancing must be maintained for adults and young people 12 years and over before and after activity.

3. Coaches should deliver training using the normal player to coach ratio and should maintain physical distancing during a session. Bubbles using the same venue must remain apart.

4. Maximum bubble of between 30 and 500 per match dependant on local area level.

5. Clubhouses should remain closed, toilets can be open.

6. No spectators permitted except for parents or carers.

7. We recommend using your own equipment if possible.

8. No saliva or sweat should come into contact with the ball at any time.

9. Wash hands at home before and after using the outdoor facilities. Bring your own hand sanitiser where possible.

Venue Booking Apps

Risk Assessments

From risk assessment templates to net booking terms and conditions, use these documents to help your club adapt and get ready for the cricket season.

Scottish Government

Stay Safe, Protect Others, Save Lives

Mainland Scotland is currently in Level 3.

NHS Advice

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with coronavirus.

- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

- wash your hands as soon as you get home

- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Social distancing practices are also enforced across the UK, with members of the public instructed to stay at least two metres from people outside of your household.