ECB is exploring the possibility of using Covid passports to bring fans back on the premises this summer

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The ECB is exploring the possibility of using Covid passports to allow fans back to the field to watch County Championship matches this summer

  • The new domestic season starts on April 8, but the games will take place behind closed doors
  • Venues may receive 10.00 fans or 25 percent capacity from May 17
  • The ECB is open to any measure necessary to get spectators back on the premises

The England and Wales cricket board is exploring the possibility of using coronavirus passports to give fans access to County Championship matches this summer.

The new domestic season kicks off on April 8, but crowds won’t come in until May 17 as part of the government’s roadmap to get out of the lockdown.

The ECB is open to any measures necessary to get spectators back on the premises as soon as possible, including fans who must prove they have been vaccinated.

The ECB is open to any measure necessary to get spectators back on the premises

The ECB is open to any measure necessary to get spectators back on the premises

The ECB’s County Cricket Director Neil Snowball said: “There has been a lot of talk. We have gone from no passport to now suddenly looking at a Covid certification.

“We will investigate anything that allows us to get our members back and our spectators back.

‘At the moment it looks like that will happen.

‘When you look at the June 21, it becomes a matter of balancing three things. First, if there is some sort of passport or Covid certification coming, second, testing, third, taking some kind of social distance and we have said that we will do whatever we are asked to do to make sure we get the maximum number of people back.

The ideal would be some sort of certification with an element of social detachment and probably the wearing of masks.

Fans will not be admitted until May 17 as part of the government's roadmap to end the lockdown

Fans will not be admitted until May 17 as part of the government's roadmap to end the lockdown

Fans will not be admitted until May 17 as part of the government’s roadmap to end the lockdown

The first batch of games will take place behind closed doors. From May 17, according to the road map, we can reduce the locations to 25 percent and that is exactly what they are preparing for.

‘We try to be as optimistic as possible about June 21, the demand for tickets is enormous and locations will try to bring in as many people as possible.

“We’ll know in a month. I am hopeful that we can regain a significant audience. ‘

The ECB confirmed that teams will again receive eight points for a winning draw in the County Championship this year.

The change, introduced due to last season’s shortened campaign, will continue to boost the draw.

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