Date: 27th Nov 2021
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Date: 10th April 2021

Key extracts from ECB 10 April Guidance


Spectators are not currently permitted at Step 2. (From 12 April)  This does not apply to carers for people with disabilities, adults needed to supervise under-18s in a safeguarding role or patrons attending the venue for hospitality. Where it is necessary for them to be present, supervising adults should not mix with others from outside their household or support bubble.

Following the move to Step 2 (From 12 April), outdoor areas at hospitality venues can reopen to serve customers in groups of up to 6 people or 2 households.

Clubhouses are permitted to serve food and beverage to customers outdoors in accordance with government COVID guidance for restaurants and bars, which includes: At any premises serving alcohol, customers will be required to order, be served and eat/drink while seated (even if no alcohol is ordered).

If a hospitality venue does not serve alcohol, then customers will be able to order and collect food and drink from a counter, but must consume food and drink while seated at a table.

Venues may allow customers to use toilets, baby changing rooms or breast feeding rooms located inside.

From Step 2, hospitality venues will also be allowed to provide takeaway food and alcohol. Takeaway food and drink (including alcohol) must not be consumed on the premises or adjacent to the premises.  

Information in ECB Frequently Asked Questions.

Can Spectators attend from 12th April?

Under Government guidance spectators are not permitted in any indoor or outdoor sport facility at Step 1 (29th March) and Step 2 (12th April). Sporting events that are intended to attract spectators (including ticketed events), should not take place in a public space, or on private land, until Step 3 at the earliest and subject to Government permissions. Clubs are not responsible for controlling who views cricket in public open spaces or for people on public footpaths, however they should not promote or encourage spectator attendance as outlined above.

 Can clubs open for outdoor hospitality?

As part of Step 2 of the Government’s Roadmap (12th April), outdoor hospitality at recreational cricket clubs is permitted. All participants must follow Government guidance on hospitality settings and specific advice for sport facility operators available on the Government’s website.

People using clubhouses and hospitality facilities must adhere to legal gathering limits and wider government guidance. Patrons or members of clubs may view cricket activity if they are following the guidance on hospitality.

 Outdoor hospitality and outdoor organised activity are permissible at the same time, subject to compliance with relevant Government guidance

• This guidance will be updated at Step 3 of the UK Government Roadmap out of Lockdown (no earlier than 17 May 2021). 

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