Covid-19 Precautions for Playing Croquet
2nd June, 2020 Version 2 (may be updated if mandated restrictions/advice changes)
The Croquet Association offers the following advice to clubs and players, to minimise the risk of infection by Covid-19 when clubs decide to open for play. Both clubs and players should follow Government guidance, particularly those in vulnerable groups; this advice supplements that general guidance by covering situations specific to croquet.
The clubhouse should only be used to access toilet and hand washing facilities.
Cleaning products will be provided to maintain a clean environment and enable players to wipe down equipment after use.
Hand sanitiser and latex gloves will be available for players who will be encouraged to bring and use their own
Only pre-arranged games or individual practice should be permitted
There should be no more than four players on a court; this means that double banking is only permitted if there are no more than four players in total.
In reality with three lawns, this means a maximum of twelve players can play at any one time
The lawn-booking system will be used and the club sessions suspended (see below)
No extra-curricular or social activity should take place.
No guests/ visitors/ spectators should be permitted.
Equipment will be available from the equipment store and non essential items such as chairs will be covered up and made less accessible
Sharing club mallets will be minimised by permitting members to borrow one for a while.
Advice to Players
Do not go to the club if you are experiencing any symptoms of a cold or flu, in particular a cough or high temperature. Use the NHS helpline and seek advice. For your own protection, follow the advice about self-isolation if you are living with someone experiencing symptoms or are living with someone in one of the vulnerable groups.
Stay at least 2 metres apart from other players at all times.
Any activity should be in line with the Government’s social distancing measures at all times, including when going to and departing from a lawn. Consequently, do not shake hands before or after a game.
Use latex gloves during play and wash your hands and clean any equipment you use, such as hoops, balls and club mallets, before and after you play.
When setting out and taking down the hoops and pegs, this should be done by one person.
Use your feet, rather than hands to position balls where you can do so.
Padlocks, keys and door handles should be cleaned before and after use. Movable chairs will not available for use.
Use the court booking system but restrict reservations to four weeks ahead maximum
Dress appropriately prior to travelling to the club, rather than changing there.
Bring any food or drink you might need.
Because we have to keep numbers down, members can book lawns using our online booking system at https://ludlowcroquet.org/booking-system/ If you have forgotten your password, let Mike know by email (email@example.com) to reset it. If you are aware of members who have not been registered to use the booking system, please can you ask them to email him.