Return to Cricket Update

Thursday October 7, 2021
In accordance with today’s announcement by the NSW Government and the NSW Government Public Health Orders, Cricket NSW is now able to advise the conditions under which gatherings for sport or exercise – including training activities – can occur from Monday October 11, 2021.

Outdoor recreation facilities

  • An outdoor public gathering for sport or exercise – including training activities – may occur provided that:
    • People aged 16 and over are fully vaccinated or have a valid medical exemption (Medical Certificate required).
    • There are no more than 30 people involved including participants, coaches and officials, and parents or spectators.
  • There is no requirement for people aged under 16 to be vaccinated.
  • The NSW Office of Sport has advised that all Clubs and Associations are expected to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan for all gatherings of the above nature from Monday, October 11.

Indoor recreation facilities

  • A group class or other group activity may occur in an indoor recreation facility provided that:
    • People aged 16 and over are fully vaccinated or have a valid medical exemption (Medical Certificate required).
    • The operator of the activity has a COVID-19 Safety Plan.
    • The operator of the activity ensures that no more than 20 people are in attendance and there are no more than 1 person per 4 square metres of space.
    • The operator of the activity takes reasonable steps to ensure that all participants check-in via the Service NSW App and that no unvaccinated adults (aged 16 years and over) are on the premises.
  • There is no requirement for people aged under 16 to be vaccinated.

General restrictions affecting sport and exercise

  • Currently no organised community sport competitions or programs are permitted until the state hits the 80% double dose vaccination milestone, for cricket this includes but not limited to Woolworths Cricket Blast, leagues, trials, friendlies, internal games or similar.
  • Regardless of previous settings, restrictions will become uniform across all of NSW from October 11, 2021.
  • People from Greater Sydney are not able to travel to areas considered “Regional” and vice versa until the state hits the 80% double dose vaccination milestone.
  • It is the responsibility of those participating in any gathering to comply with the vaccination or medical exemption requirements and obey the Public Health Orders at all times.

These guidelines cover the period October 11, 2021 through until the state hits the 80% double dose vaccination milestone, where a new set of Public Health Orders will be released by the NSW Government and further guidelines will be released by Cricket NSW.

Return to Playing
A return to full community cricket can occur for those fully vaccinated from when the state hits the 80% double dose vaccination milestone. The NSW Government has previously indicated community sport could restart from as early as Monday October 25. Cricket NSW will continue discussions with the NSW Government, with the view to community sport being able to start once the state reaches the 80% double dose vaccination milestone. We will keep our community updated.

Wicket Curating Advice
Where relevant, please commence discussions with your local council about allowing Curators to attend to wickets in preparation for the season. Under the Public Health Order;
‘it is a reasonable excuse to leave home to attend work that you cannot do from home and includes work done as a volunteer or for a charitable organisation in the definition of “work”’.

Should you have any questions, please reach out to your Cricket Manager Click here or email covidsupport@cricketnsw.com.au.

Cricket NSW
October 7, 2021