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Anyone for a net? ECB announce new guidelines, outdoor practice allowed

The ECB have given the green light for clubs to reopen outdoor nets as part of a series of new guidelines announced today.

Two people from different households can net together and use outdoor practice pitches while one-to-one coaching is permitted according to the guidelines.

Social distancing measures are still in place and nets should be used on an ‘every other’ basis, leaving one net free between each net, and no sweat or saliva is to be rubbed on the ball. Players are encouraged to use their own equipment.

Indoor facilities will remain closed although clubhouses can be reopened for operational reasons and toilet access.

Clubs are required to have suitable booking system in place to manage demand with at least one club representative on site while outdoor facilities are in use. A proper sanitation procedure will need to be carried out between bookings.

These new guidelines only apply to clubs in England. Wales is still in lockdown with a review set for May 28th.

“Outdoor facilities should only reopen if those responsible for them are ready to do so and they can do so safely, following public health guidance: no club should reopen their outdoor facilities if they feel unable to meet the requirements.”

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