Dear Players, Members and Supporters of ARCC,
With the first game rapidly approaching I am writing to advise you of the rules and regulations the Club will be adopting to enable us to play cricket and utilise the bar facility.
I will provide a summary and attach the full documents as appendices to this letter.
All documents will be available on the Club’s website shortly, as further point of reference.
The first thing to make clear is that we are being driven by two sets of guidance /rules. For cricket this is from the ECB and for the bar, the Government’s hospitality guidance.
Everyone over the age of 16 who comes onto club grounds must check in with the NHS Covid app on each visit. For those who want to have a drink, we reserve the right to ask if they have completed this, and have the right in law to check their device for confirmation.
The rules around playing cricket are basically the same as last year with no changing rooms/showers, bring your own tea, sanitation breaks every 6 overs etc.
However, there is one major change. We are not allowed to have spectators at cricket matches until 17 May 2021 at the earliest. There are some specific exceptions to this rule for carers of people with disabilities, and adults needing to supervise under-18s in a safeguarding role, and I’d refer you to the latest EBS guidance if you wish to look into this further.
I need, at this point to make clear, that the FA, RFU and other sports organisations have their own rule and regs and these may differ from the ECB’s and like it or not we are guided by the ECB.
We are allowed to open the bar and provide table service to seated patrons in what we are calling our Hospitality Zone. This zone including tables, will be outside the clubhouse and under the new pergola area. Here groups of up to 6 people or 2 households can sit and enjoy table service. In addition, there will be marked areas for you to bring your own seats and sit and be served. From these areas you can watch any cricket that happens to be being played, as long as you are using the hospitality facility. You may not bring your own food or drink to be consumed in these areas.
To use the hospitality facility, you must have checked in using the NHS app and order drinks and snacks from the bar through a Web app where you choose and pay for drinks on line and we will bring them to you. (This might not be ready for Sunday in which case a waiter will come and take your order and payment on an iPad).
We will be issuing a discount code for 1881 members to use and will rely on people’s honesty in applying these.
To be clear standing up in these zones is not allowed you must stay seated, buying a drink and going to the 2nd pitch to watch is not allowed. Anybody who does not follow these rules will be asked to leave the club grounds.
After play has finished all players will need to be in the hospitality zones and follow the guidelines on social distancing (rule of 6 or 2 households), and the rules set out above to have a drink.
We will be opening the hospitality area this Sunday the 18 April for the village knockout game against Cumnor and would welcome constructive feedback after the day.
We have decided not to open the bar on Fridays yet as we feel the rules on spectators and hospitality are too difficult to manage /enforce at training, but we will keep this under review and will update as soon as we are able.
I hope you will give your full support to the people who are doing their best to get the cricket and the bar open this early in the season in these difficult Covid times and if you have any issues you feel I need to know about please contact me directly or speak to a committee member.