Cricket season finally arrives

Cricket season finally arrives

The Cornwall Cricket season starts this weekend

14th April 2021

By Matt Friday

The Cornwall Cricket League will start on Saturday with some games played behind closed doors although outdoor hospitality at grounds can operate under step two of the Government’s covid-19 exit strategy.

Rules have stated that games taking place on private land can’t be viewed by spectators until May 17, although for matches taking place on public pitches, the rules are slightly different.

Persons wishing to attend the games can do so, although current covid-19 guidelines must be adhered too.

In a statement, Cornwall Cricket League secretary Michael Weeks explained how the season will start under some restrictions.

“Spectators apart from caring and safeguarding exemptions, are not allowed on private land at step two of the Government roadmap,” Weeks began. “However, in a statement, the English Cricket Board has confirmed 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 is permissible at the same time, subject to compliance with relevant Government guidance.

Changing rooms and clubhouses, apart from toilets, remain shut. On the field, the covid-19 regulations regarding social distancing and sanitising etc remain in place.”