Covid 19 information for Players and guests

As part of the return to cricket the Club is required to relay information about the changes to members, hence this post.
It may seem like a lot to take in but should soon become second nature and it should still be possible to fully enjoy the game we love.

COVID19: Information for members and guests.

For more detail please refer to ECB RETURN TO CRICKET PLAN FOR STEP 4.

Whilst welcoming the return to recreational cricket it’s important for to realise we’re not yet back to ‘business as usual’ and there will be some adaptations to the game and the environment around it. We all have a part to play in stopping the spread of Covid19/ coronavirus and failure to follow good hygiene practice may lead to an increase in the number of people contracting coronavirus, which in turn could result in a return to a more restrictive lockdown. South Devon has got off lightly in the ‘first wave’ but it’s important we don’t get complacent. With the easing of restrictions and an influx of visitors we’re more likely to be exposed this pernicious virus which we know can be devastating.

Please note if you have any of the following Covid 19 symptoms :
• A new continuous cough
• A high temperature
• A loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell.
or you are living in a household with a possible COVID-19 infection or have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace because you are a contact of a known COVID-19 case you should remain at home and follow UK Government guidance.

Once at the Club you should follow signs/directions and maintain social distancing of 2 metres (one metre if wearing a mask.) You should be aware that even socially distanced group activity increases the risk of contacting the virus.

Clubhouse use

Clubhouse to be used for Toilets and first aid only.

Women’s toilet in clubhouse is now designated unisex (male/female)
Both toilets: One user at a time (one in one out)

Drinks to be served outside with social distancing observed. One or 2 persons to serve drinks.

Changing rooms
Changing rooms are currently out of bounds and you should arrive at the ground changed and shower at home afterwards.

*No teas will be provided. Players should bring their own food and drink to matches.

Additional advice for socially distanced match-play

•Players should adhere to UK Government social distancing guidance at all times (including throughout warm-ups) except in the following limited circumstances during competitive play in England only, where 1m+ is permitted: 1) wicket keepers standing up to the stumps and 2) distance between slip fielders.

• No sweat or saliva to be applied to the ball at any time.

• A ‘hygiene break’ should take place every six overs or every 20 minutes, whichever is sooner, in which the ball is cleaned with an anti-bacterial wipe (conforming to BS EN 14476) and all participants’ hands are cleaned using a suitable sanitiser. This routine should also be followed at the start of any drinks break or the close of an innings. The responsibility for sanitising the ball during the match will lie with the fielding captain, not the umpire.

• Batters to sanitise their bat when leaving the field of play and Wicket Keepers should sanitise their gloves.

•Limit the sharing of equipment, but if you do share, practise strict hand hygiene.

• Bowlers should not hand any personal items to the umpire. Bowlers should place these items at the boundary themselves.

• Batters are to run in distinct running lines to ensure they are not within 2m of the bowler or other batter. Lines to be marked on the square on either side of the wicket.

• Communal scorebooks passed from one player to another should be avoided.

• Social distancing must always be maintained including during post-wicket celebrations, drinks breaks and tactical discussions.

• Minimise sharing of the ball in a match by limiting contact as the ball makes its way back to the bowler e.g. ball goes straight from wicketkeeper to bowler instead of around surrounding fielders.

• Spectators should remain socially distanced at all times and refrain from all contact with the ball e.g. returning it to the field of play. Spectator groups must be restricted to discrete six person gathering limits and spread out, in line with wider UK Government guidance.

• Umpires should refrain from any contact with the ball, it can be returned to the base of the stumps at breaks and wickets.

• Umpires should be responsible for the stumps closest to them and should be the only person replacing the bails if dislodged.

Umpires can apply sanctions for participants not adhering to COVID-19 guidance, including but not limited to, player ejection and match cancellation.

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