Sports to get back underway in the UK – A boost for MXoN at Matterley Basin
The UK Government have announced that sports will safely return this summer starting with Cricket from the 11th of July. The other good news is that fans will be allowed to attend sports but will have to abide by social distancing rules. It means the MXoN at Matterley Basin is now guaranteed to have some fans which was thought to be the reason the event is still TBC. The question now remains how many fans will be allowed in attendance. Something we might not find out until nearer the event but things are going in the right direction.
Gov.uk posted the following update:
Recreational team sports will be permitted to begin returning outdoors from this weekend, under government guidance published today (9 July).
The framework sets out the principles that sports must follow to enable the safe return of grassroots fixtures and games. It was produced by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport with input from Public Health England, the Department for Health and Social Care and Sport England.
It will allow different households to participate in training and competitive matches while ensuring the risks of transmitting Covid-19 are minimised. It lays the groundwork for recreational cricket to return on 11 July after the England and Wales Cricket Board submitted thorough plans for the sport’s safe return – with more sports set to follow.
Measures in today’s guidance include:
- Activity organisers should support track and trace efforts by collecting information on participants at both training and matches.
- All players, officials, volunteers and spectators must undergo a self-assessment for any Covid-19 symptoms. If they or anyone they live with has symptoms, they should not train, play or attend matches, and should instead self-isolate in line with public health guidance.
- Participants and spectators should minimise the use of public transport and car-sharing with anyone outside their household. They should instead walk or cycle to matches where they can.
- Clubs should strictly limit the time spent congregating at a venue before a match begins. Where possible, players should arrive changed and ready to warm up, limiting time spent waiting around or in changing rooms.
- All sports must adhere to social distancing throughout warm-ups and breaks in play, and avoid equipment sharing where possible. Players should also avoid unnecessary close contact such as handshakes or huddles.
- Sports where a single ball needs to be touched by multiple players, such as basketball, cricket and football, need to include in their action plans how they will reduce the risk of this transmitting the virus – for example by cleaning when it goes out of play.
- Club toilets will need to be opened for pre-match, during the match and for 30 minutes afterwards, but they must be cleaned regularly in line with public health guidance.
- Clubhouses and bars can be opened in line with government guidance on hospitality, with groups limited to six people.
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