Auckland Cricket update

6 Oct


From Dean Bartlett

Auckland Cricket's Community Cricket Manager

We have managed to speak to AKL Council and Sport New Zealand regarding the current situation and its implications on cricket.

 The reason Sport NZ, or AKTIVE have not issued an update is because at the time of the announcement the Public Health Order had not been drawn up and subsequently Sport NZ needs 24 hours to interpret this and its implications on sport. They are planning to provide an update by midday tomorrow. Once we have this we will circulate further clarification.

 For now, what we can confirm is from 11.59pm tonight (Tuesday 5 October) Tāmaki Makaurau remains in Alert Level 3 with some key changes.

Overall Sport and Recreation Update

  • Physical activity can take place outside involving a maximum of two households in groups of no more than 10.

What this means for cricket:

  • Outdoor public cricket assets i.e. nets are open.
  • Outdoor activities can take place as long as:
    • There is a maximum of 10 people.
    • A maximum of two households.
    • They are outdoors.
  • At all times social distancing (two metres), QR code tracing (when applicable), mask wearing (when practical) and hand hygiene must be practiced.
  • Indoor centres must remained closed.

We need further clarification to confidently suggest that under this stage:

  • That a live net can occur between households as by using a ball it may be perceived as sharing equipment and we are currently unsure if this is allowed under this stage.
  • The two household maximum is ‘at a time’ for sport and rec or a blanket rule. This would be applicable in a situation if a coach may wish to run multiple sessions involving different households at different times i.e. stacking one-on-one sessions.
  • For the time being until we get clarification on this from Sport NZ I suggest we err on the side of caution and say no until we have more information.