The current position is quite clear that all recreational cricket including friendly games, nets and training is stopped until the end of May. Equally other sporting or social events cannot take place. The facilities on Turney Road are closed although our sports contractors are maintaining the squares and grounds for a start-up. We are ready once the appropriate decisions are made by the government.
As the cricket season has theoretically started, I thought that I should inform you of the current position.
Member clubs made bookings before the shut-down and the Trust has a full list of commitments. There are a few gaps at weekends and some opportunities for mid-week. Our season for cricket matches is planned to end on Sunday 13th September when we will switch emphasis to winter sports.
Each week of the lock down from now on, will see the cancellation of booked fixtures on a rolling basis. As the position becomes clearer over the next few weeks/months, we will be in touch with you to agree future arrangements. We know that the cricket authorities are hoping that we might have a half season to enable clubs, leagues and juniors to play cricket. We will respond once we have some dates.
On the emergence from lock down, I will publish bookings and the options available to clubs to reduce commitments or book more dates. It is bound to be fluid. We hope to offer practice opportunities as well as much organised cricket and other activities as we can permit.
On any re-emergence from lock down, the Trust will enforce government guidance on hygiene and social isolation. We expect to deal with changed requirements for teas, meals and service at the bar. We are lucky to have a spacious facility to allow space for changing rooms, showers or for groups of people to spread out in the Pavilion. Over the next month, you can rest assured that our ground staff are committed to preparing the pitches in readiness for use. Our team has used the enforced window of isolation to repair and prepare the sightscreens and covers. We have a plan to repair the artificial surfaces once lock down is over.
If you have any thoughts or particular questions, please do not hesitate to email me or John Howard.
Please stay safe and follow the Government advice
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