The ECB have produced an advisory document for groundsmen which highlights the precautions and measures they need to follow while working on your club’s ground.
A number of clubs have asked if groundsmen can work during the current restrictions and the answer is yes. As a result of the Government’s announcements, a number of businesses across the United Kingdom have introduced home working for all staff.
There will also be a delay to all regular cricket participation and a delay to the regular season., but the latest government
guidance means that ground staff/facilities maintenance falls under: ‘Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home, provided you are well and neither you nor any of your household are self-isolating.’
However, the guidance document makes it clear that those over 70 or in an at risk category should not undertake any work.
The maintenance of grounds is important if and when the current suspension of recreational cricket is lifted. The document outlines the steps that need to be taken to maintain social distancing and high levels of hygiene. We insist that all clubs ensure that their groundstaff receive this information and follow the guidelines so that they do not endanger their health or that of others. The document includes advice on the tasks they should be undertaking.
League chairman David Young said: "This is important advice which will help clubs to maintain their ground s and keep their groundstaff safe."