2021 Return to Cricket Guidance

ECB has updated its Covid Guidance from Monday 19th July 2021

This guidance is updated for the move to Step 4 of the UK Government Road Map which comes into effect on 19 July 2021. 

On Monday 19th July, England will move to step four of its roadmap in easing Covid restrictions. This means that almost all legal restrictions of social contact will be removed. However, the Government is encouraging people to act with caution.

A large number of clubs have already had cases in their membership over the last few weeks which has a knock on effect with many people having to self-solate. Please read the guidnace and advice carefully and continue to take precautions to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 at your club.

The summary key points are:

  1. Social distancing (1 m+) rule is removed
  2. Group size restrictions indoors and outdoors are removed (including spectator number restrictions)
  3. Face coverings are no longer required by law, but are recommended in crowded indoor settingsand may be mandated by some organisations.
  4. Remember No Participants = No Game. NHS Test and Trace is still in place and self-isolation of both COVID positive individuals and close contacts remains a requirement. The definition of close contact remains the same, however the rules on self-isolation will be changing from the 16th August.
  5. Changing rooms can be used, however participants should use their own judgement and minimise use where possible to avoid close contact in a crowded area for a prolonged time.
  6. Hospitality is permitted without restrictions.
  7. NHS Test and Trace QR codes not required by law but encouraged.
  8. Free NHS lateral flow testing is available to clubs and The ECB encourages clubs to take this up.
  9. No domestic travel restrictions. Participants should continue to follow Government advice on international travel for any fixtures/ tournaments.

The full document of guidance can be found below:

Recreational Cricket COVID Guidance in England Step 4 – 19th July Update

Cricket Matches in Step 4 In England


Please see below a range of resources for clubs to help them get prepared for the start of the season:



Action Checklist for Clubs in England

Risk Assessment:

Recreational Cricket COVID Risk Assessment Template in England


For more information please visit the ECB Website HERE

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