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Date Published: 2020-08-10 

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VERY SPECIAL: Protocols for the 2020 BCA domestic season

Bridgetown, Barbados, August 10 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Following are the Protocols for the 2020 BCA Twenty20 Competitions, which start Saturday, August 15:

Traditionally, the Barbados Cricket Association’s (BCA) competitions have started in April/May and run until December. Early in the year, the Barbados Government imposed a number of restrictions following the detection of the COVID-19 virus in the country which eventually resulted in an island-wide lockdown in April as the number of infected persons increased.

This action by Government paid dividends and the number of new infections in Barbados has been reduced nearly to zero.

Restrictions have been relaxed and the BCA is now able to play its competitions in 2020. However, this must be done keeping in mind that Barbados has not been declared free of COVID-19 and many new cases and deaths are still being recorded daily around the world. Consequently, safety must be the first consideration in the planning of any cricket competition being played under the auspices of the BCA.

The following protocols have been developed taking into consideration:

a) Safety for players, officials, staff and spectators;

b) Government directives;

c) Infrastructure.

1. SAFETY

a) All personnel involved (including BCA staff and officials) must be brought up to date with respect to COVID-19 - modes of transmission, symptoms, good hygienic practices;

b) Signage with educational material should be utilized where appropriate;

c) Any individual showing symptoms should be isolated immediately and it should be reported on the COVID-19 24 hour hotline (546-4500, 546-4800);

d) Any individual who is sick or displaying symptoms should not come to the ground for any reason whatsoever (training or game) and should communicate with the relevant authorities;

e) Vulnerable individuals (over age 65, or with pre-existing conditions) should take extra precautions by avoiding human to human contact, wearing a mask and maintaining a physical distance of at least 6 feet from the nearest person (36 square feet);

f) Soap and water should be used wherever possible for the washing of hands.

However, where water and soap are not available hand sanitizer with a minimum of 70% ethyl alcohol content may be used.

2. GOVERNMENT DIRECTIVES

a) Currently no more than 250 people at a gathering

b) Curfew hours to be observed when in effect

c) Physical distancing in accordance with Ministry of Health protocols to be observed.

d) Temperatures must be taken and names of persons recorded before entry to the facility

e) Persons must have their hands sanitised before entry to the facility

3. INFRASTRUCTURE

Facilities at the clubs and schools must be equipped with the following:

a) Digital thermal thermometer;

b) Hand sanitizer;

c) Running water;

d) Fully functional wash rooms.

4 PROTOCOLS

Listed below are the protocols which will govern all personnel attending cricket at BCA sponsored matches for the 2020 season or until such time as Government issues new directives.

4.1 All Persons at cricket

a) Travel with their own water bottles, hydration fluid and supplements;

b) Place all trash in lined garbage bins;

c) Travel with their own lunch/snack;

d) Wash their hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water throughout the day;

e) Observe strict minimum physical distancing protocols as specified by the Ministry of Health;

f) Avoid touching mouth, eyes and nose on or off the field;

g) Any person entering the pavilion must have their temperature checked, name recorded, and temperature revealed to them, their hands will be sanitised by an official of the club or school. Should their temperature be above 38.0°C, they will be denied access and the Ministry of Health protocols followed.

4.2 Players

Practice Days

a) Wherever possible arrive at the ground fully dressed for practice;

b) Keep gear bags in their vehicles or in a sheltered area at the ground, provided by the club or school;

c) Have their temperatures checked and recorded by an official of the club or school on arrival at the ground;

d) Have their hands sanitized by an official of the club or school on arrival at the ground;

e) Wash their hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water as necessary;

f) Observe strict minimum physical distancing protocols as specified by the Ministry of Health;

g) Wear a mask when off the field;

h) Avoid touching mouth, eyes and nose during training;

i) Keep their personal equipment for their own use only;

j) Use only sweat to shine the ball – use of saliva on the ball is strictly prohibited;

k) Use disinfectant wipes to clean personal equipment after use, including mobile phones;

l) Leave the ground as quickly as possible after practice is finished.

Match Days

a) Wherever possible arrive at cricket fully dressed to take the field;

b) Keep gear bags in their vehicles or in a sheltered area at the ground, provided by the club or school;

c) Have their temperatures checked and recorded by an official of the club or school on arrival at the ground;

d) Have their hands sanitized by an official of the club or school on arrival at the ground;

e) Wear a mask when off the field;

f) Keep their personal equipment for their own use only;

g) Maintain possession of all belongings while on the field or place any item which is not needed beyond the boundary – for example caps, hats and sunglasses;

h) Use only sweat to shine the ball – use of saliva on the ball is strictly prohibited.

Should saliva be applied to the ball, the umpires will issue a caution initially.

At any occurrence thereafter the bowler’s end umpire shall summon the offending player’s captain and issue a first and final warning which shall apply to all members of the team for the remainder of the match.

If there is a subsequent offence, by that side, the bowler’s end umpire shall award 5 Penalty runs to the opposing side at each occurrence.

i) Observe strict minimum physical distancing protocols as specified by the Ministry of Health between players during celebration at the fall of a wicket;

j) Use disinfectant wipes to clean personal equipment after use, including mobile phones;

k) Leave the ground as quickly as possible at the end of the day’s play.

4.3 Umpires

a) Whenever possible arrive at cricket fully dressed to take the field;

b) Travel with their own equipment for their duties inclusive of drinking water;

c) Travel with their own hand sanitizer for use while on the field:

d) Have their temperatures checked and recorded by an official of the club or school on arrival at the ground;

e) Have their hands sanitized by an official of the club or school on arrival at the ground;

f) Wash hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water throughout the day;

g) Observe strict minimum physical distancing protocols as specified by the Ministry of Health from the nearest person when on or off the field;

h) The Umpire at the bowlers end may wear a mask when on the field and both must wear a mask when off the field;

i) Leave the ground as quickly as possible at the end of the day’s play.

4.4 Scorers

a) Have their temperatures checked and recorded by an official of the club or school on arrival at the ground;

b) Have their hands sanitized by an official of the club or school on arrival at the ground;

c) Wash hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water throughout the day;

d) Observe strict minimum physical distancing protocols as specified by the Ministry of Health;

e) Wear a mask;

f) Leave the ground as quickly as possible at the end of the day’s play.

4.5 Grounds staff & servers of beverages

a) Have their temperatures checked and recorded by an official of the club or school on arrival at the ground;

b) Have their hands sanitized by an official of the club or school on arrival at the ground;

c) Wash hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water throughout the day;

d) Observe strict minimum physical distancing protocols as specified by the Ministry of Health;

e) Wear a mask;

f) Leave the ground as quickly as possible at the end of the day’s play.

4.6 Spectators

a) Have their temperatures checked and recorded by an official of the club or school on any attempt to gain access to the pavilion/clubhouse at the venue;

b) Have their hands sanitized by an official of the club or school on arrival at the ground;

c) Wash hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water throughout the day;

d) Observe strict minimum physical distancing protocols as specified by the Ministry of Health;

e) Wear a mask;

f) Leave the ground as quickly as possible at the end of the day’s play.

4.7 All other members, staff and visitors

a) Have their temperatures checked and recorded by an official of the club or school on any attempt to gain access to the pavilion/clubhouse at the venue;

b) Have their hands sanitized by an official of the club or school on arrival at the ground;

c) Wash hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water as necessary;

d) Observe strict minimum physical distancing protocols as specified by the Ministry of Health;

e) Wear a mask;

f) Leave the ground as quickly as possible after practice is finished.

5 Infrastructure

The requirements for facilities at the clubs and schools are as follows:

5.1 Pavilion & Changing Rooms

a) Strict physical distancing protocols must be maintained as specified by the Ministry of Health;

b) Clubs are encouraged to fully accommodate the Umpires in the storage of their personal items.

c) One hand sanitizer must be installed at each entry point and kept charged with hand sanitizing suspension;

d) The use of showers and locker rooms should be avoided. In the event that a person must shower, there should be no sharing of soap nor shampoos, and there should be one person in the shower area at a time. Other persons should wait 10 -15 minutes before entering the showering area;

e) Must be cleaned at the end of every practice and match day. Frequently touched area (rails, door knobs, toilet areas, tables, counter tops) should be disinfected often

throughout the day.

5.2 Washrooms

a) Must be furnished with adequate supplies of soap at all times;

b) All taps must provide steady running water;

c) Hand sanitizer dispensers must be installed and kept charged with hand sanitizing suspension;

d) Must be equipped with a paper towel holder and paper towels;

e) A lined garbage bin must be in place for reception of used paper towels;

f) Toilets must be in perfect working order;

g) Toilets must be equipped with toilet paper;

h) The toilet lid, if available, should be closed before flushing;

i) Use of hand blowers is prohibited;

j) Avoid holding toilet doors and handles with hands. If possible, use tissue, elbows or the side of your body to open doors;

k) Wash and wipe hands properly with disposable paper towels.

5.3 Bar

a) Only liquid beverages are to be dispensed;

b) Beverages are to be poured into and served in disposable plastic cups;

c) Hands must not be used to pick up ice to be served to customers;

d) A lined garbage bin must be in place for reception of all refuse.

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Date Published 2020-08-10
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