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(Last updated: 26 July 2021)

COVID-19: Return to cricket guidance

Following the recent Scottish Government announcement on restrictions with Level 0 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.

  • Club fixtures and cricket festivals can now take place between clubs with maximum bubble size of 500
  • The use of changing rooms is permitted where deemed necessary. Examples of what “deemed necessary” are provided in the latest guidance under 4.9
  • Spectators are now permitted with restrictions in line with Scottish Government events sector guidance. Details on the restrictions are provided in the latest guidance under 4.8

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. Changing rooms 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. Teams should provide their own lunches/teas and drinks

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.