The guidance agreed between the government and the ECB for Step 2 on the Roadmap for playing of recreational cricket was released last weekend. We know from feedback that there is frustration about the restrictions still being imposed but we urge everyone connected with our league to follow the guidance, and not to do anything that places them at risk of action from local authorities, police or any other outside agency. The important points to note are as follows. 
 
Spectators 
 
No spectators are allowed on private grounds. Those people who usually watch from their cars, sit on benches at grounds, or bring their own seats, cannot do so. This does not apply on grounds that are public areas, eg, parks, where the home club has no control over spectators. 
To avoid any issues on match-days, we recommend that clubs to post a notice at their entrance and on their website or social media to make this clear. 
The only people who can watch a match are those who are receiving hospitality. They must always remain seated at a table and receive table service for food and drinks. If your club is a licensed premises, do not put the license at risk by allowing people to take drinks outside the designated area for hospitality. 
Host clubs should ensure that their visitors know what facilities are available and whether any space will be available in the designated hospitality area for them. 
Club and League officials may attend games, and are exempt from the hospitality requirement. 
One parent of any junior player playing in a senior game may spectate but not take on any active role. 
Clubs should make sure they have read and fully understood the hospitality guidance and must manage this. 
 
Changing rooms 
 
These must remain closed and should only be accessed for use of toilets or to deal with genuine emergencies. They must not be used simply because of inclement weather. 
Any club reported to the league for breaching this rule will get a first and final warning. A repeat transgression will lead action being taken against the club. 
 
Travel 
 
As last season, car sharing is not advised. 
 
Further guidance  
 
ECB Roadmap Step 2 
Government guidance on playing sport 
 
We hope that most of the above restrictions will be lifted once we get to Step 3 on the Roadmap on May 17, but in the meantime, please follow the guidance. We will keep everyone informed if and when the guidance changes. 
 
We wish all clubs the very best of luck for the season ahead. 
 
David Ward 
League Vice-Chairman 
 
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