(Last updated: 1 July 2020)

COVID-19: Return to cricket guidance

Getting your club ready

Following the announcement on 18th June by the Scottish Government that Phase 2 of the route map for cricket will commence on 29th June, cricket clubs will be able to use outdoor cricket facilities (nets and pitches) for the purpose of undertaking exercise and training.

Please find below full guidance for clubs which has bee approved by sportscotland and a summary of the 9 key requirements for a safe return to cricket activity in Phase 2.

1. You can take part in outdoor activity alone or with members of your household and/or members of two other households per day, providing that physical distancing of at least two metres is maintained between the different households at all times (no more than eight people in total).

2. Social distancing of at least two metres must be maintained at all times (unless all participants are members of the same household).

3. Coaches should not deliver training to more than 2 households (or extended households) at any one time or provide coaching to more than 2 households (or extended households) per day. A maximum of 8 people, including the coach and participants from up to two other households (or extended households), can participate in a session.

4. Nets should be used on an ‘every other’ basis, leaving one net free between nets. A similar approach should be taken to distancing groups on the outfield.

5. Clubhouses can be reopened in a limited way for operational reasons (e.g. for access to first aid equipment) or for toilet access (see below) but all communal areas including bar, changing rooms etc are to remain closed for general use. No indoor activity is permitted at all.

6. Only local members should attend the club. As a guide, rather than a fixed limit, 5 miles from your home would be within your local area.

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.


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.



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.


The below case study from a club in England provides some useful information on their initial experiences in re-introducing youth coaching.


Stay Safe, Protect Others, Save Lives

The Scottish Government published the Coronavirus (COVID-19): Framework for Decision Making: Scotland's Route Map through and out of the crisis on 21 May 2020.

On 18th June it was announced that the current status of the epidemic in Scotland means that the changes in Phase 2 will be introduced in stages, rather than all at once.


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.