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ECB statement following Prime Minister's announcement on 21 September

An update for cricket in England and in Wales following announcement by the Prime Minister and First Minister.

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ECB statement following Prime Minister's announcement on 21 September

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Following the Prime Minister and First Minister’s announcement earlier this week the following update now applies for cricket:

In England:

    • Outdoor cricket activity can still take place in line with ECB guidance;
    • From Thursday 24 September a 10pm curfew is in place for all clubhouses operating as licensed food and drinks venues or selling food and drink. Venues must only offer table service to prevent customers queuing to order, and customers must be seated when consuming food and drink inside the premises;
    • Face coverings must be worn indoors in accordance with UK Government law unless eating or drinking;
    • From Monday 28 September, the “Rule of 6” applies to over 18s participating in indoor cricket activity. This means that provided groups of 6 do not mix, multiple net sessions of up to six people per net can take place at the same time in the same COVID secure indoor venue. It means that match play for over 18s in groups larger than 6 is not possible at this time;
    • Exemptions to the ‘Rule of 6’ are:
      • Under 18s;
      • Educational settings where cricket activity is delivered as part of curriculum or in-school activity. (NB: Where clubs have a booking for the use of a school facility out of school hours, then the rule of 6 would apply)
      • Indoor organised cricket activity for disabled people;
      • Elite training and competition;
      • Coach development courses are exempt as they are covered by the work exemption as long as the workplace is COVID-19 Secure but Government guidance now states that you should carry on working from home wherever possible

As a result of the changes, the ECB will be reviewing and updating both the indoor guidance for cricket and the guidance for clubhouses to reflect the latest government guidance and will reissue shortly;

For the latest UK Government guidance and support, please visit; you should also check local restrictions that apply in your area.

In Wales:

    • Outdoor cricket activity can still take place in line with ECB guidance;
    • There are no current changes to the guidance around indoor sporting activity;
    • From 6pm on Thursday 24 September, clubhouses providing food and drink will have to provide table service only and stop serving at 10pm.
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