Covid-19 Restrictions

Issue 7: 24 September 2020

All members must follow the rules set out below governing croquet at Blewbury Croquet Club.

These rules have been approved by your Committee for the safety of all persons attending the club. They follow guidance issued by the Croquet Association, which in turn follows Government guidance. As these may change from time to time, you should always check here to find the latest version.

Do not go to the club if you have any Covid-19 symptoms, or are meant to be self-isolating. Please advise secretary@blewburycroquetclub.org.uk should you suspect you may have the virus.

Everyone must follow the 2m social distancing guidelines at all times, unless members of the same household.IF I CAN HIT YOU WITH MY MALLET, YOU’RE STANDING TOO CLOSE!”

A maximum of 10 people are allowed inside the club’s perimeter fencing at any time; with a maximum of 4 players, + 1 coach or spectator, per court:
  • Full-sized courts can now be used for singles or doubles play, for practice, or for coaching. 
  • Double-banked singles games are allowed, as long as all four players have consented. Double-banked doubles (or one game or doubles and one of singles) are NOT permitted.
  • Half-sized lawns are not permitted.
All use of the courts must be booked on the calendar, showing the full names of all players, coaches or spectators.   This is required to support ‘track and trace’ if necessary.
  • You may now book any free slot on the calendar without restriction.  If members fail to use this freedom responsibly, some restrictions may have to be reintroduced.
  • Maintenance will continue to be carried out on Tuesday and Friday mornings.
  • Tournament managers may issue temporary special rules for their tournaments, to those affected.
If you have a smart phone, please also use the NHS Covid-19 App to register your presence at the Club.  A QR code is now posted on the clubhouse door, to let you check-in whenever you visit.
Use of the courts is at your own risk. Play safely (and “Stay Alert”) by following the CA guidance to the letter, with the following clarifications:
Clubhouse and WC:
  • Only one person is allowed in the clubhouse at any time.
  • Only use the clubhouse itself for handwashing, cleaning of equipment, or to get the WC key at the start of the day (and to return it after the final booked session of the day).
  • Do not open (or ideally even touch) the cupboards in the clubhouse.
  • Please bring your own food/drink and, when possible, take away your own rubbish. While there is now a bin in the WC, it may not be emptied frequently.
  • The WC key is now hanging on a nail, just inside the clubhouse door, by the light switch.
  • Please air the WC by leaving its door open (until locking up for the night) when not in use.
Equipment:
  • All ESSENTIAL equipment is now stored overnight in the WC. Do not use or handle any other equipment from the clubhouse, nor the ball-stop barriers, except as below.
  • If you use any club chair, it is your responsibility to sanitise it thoroughly before use for your own safety.  Please also sanitise it afterwards, out of respect for other members. If you bring your own chair, please do not leave it at the club but take it with you when you leave.
  • Club mallets may be borrowed for a player’s sole use over the rest of the lock-down, or by new members as below, but should not be used otherwise.  Anyone wishing to borrow a mallet must register the loan first with the Secretary (David Long, secretary@blewburycroquetclub.org.uk , 07484 360169).  All borrowed mallets should be taken home with you, and not be left at the club.
  • Exceptionally, new (or prospective) members may – under supervision of an existing member – try out a variety of mallets before settling on one to borrow.  All mallets touched must be sanitised before and after use.
  • Please try to avoid touching balls/hoops with your hands while playing: try to use your feet or mallet instead. If you must use hands, e.g. for positioning croquet strokes in AC, handle only your own colour balls/clips, not your opponent’s.
  • Unless you know there’s a session happening after yours (e.g. other players are waiting for you to finish), assume you are responsible for clearing the court after your session.
Cleaning and Sanitisation:
  • Clean club padlocks, keys and door handles before and after use.
  • When setting-up or clearing a court, only one person should touch the hoops/balls pegs/mallet: wash hands, move the equipment (cleaning it whenever setting-up or clearing, at least using anti-bac spray/wipes), then wash hands again.
  • Croquet balls must be washed using washing-up liquid (anything else may damage them)
  • Hoops/pegs are best wiped down with anti-bac spray or wipes. Clips should be washed.
  • If you have to use the WC, you must sanitise all touched surfaces after use.
  • Cleaning products are provided for your use (with spares in the WC cupboard): if stocks are running low, please notify the Secretary (as below).
  • You may wish to bring your own hand sanitiser to the court; e.g. so that, if you’re the last person out, you can wipe your hands after locking the padlock

Please follow the above advice to keep all members safe, and stay alert. The Committee will be monitoring use of the above and may make further changes as necessary; but please get in touch with me, or any other Committee member, if you have any further suggestions or comments.

David Long, Secretary BCC

07484 360169 / secretary@blewburycroquetclub.org.uk