Coronavirus Playing Regulations

COVID-19 Precautions for Playing Croquet – 15th May 2021

This Statement has been prepared using material supplied by the Croquet Association (CA) which has been made with consultation with the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
The CA material has been modified to suit the particular situation of this club, its player type and the club’s management.


will allow play to continue provided the requirements of this statement are adhered to by each player.
will not allow a specific activity on the courts if more than 30 people are expected to attend.

PLAYERS should
Abide by this statement until notified otherwise.
Not go to the club if they 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 selfisolation if you are, or are living with someone in one of the vulnerable groups.
Bring with them a hand sanitiser and a cloth (and/or a few tissues/kitchen roll).
Ensure that activity be in line with the Government’s social distancing measures at all times, including when going to or departing from the court(s). Consequently, do NOT shake hands before or after a game.
Upon arrival clean using a sanitiser, their hands before touching the shed or any equipment.
Clean the shed padlock and any section of the door you intend touching.
Only allow one person at a time to be in the shed.
Clean trolley handle and the touch points of the equipment in the trolley (ie hoops, peg and balls). Do NOT use sanitiser on the balls as we are advised this could discolour them. Also clean the handle of the club mallet you intend to use. Do not share your mallet unless cleaned at the handover.
In setting out the court only one person should handle any particular hoop or the peg.
Use your feet, not hands, to position balls. Use paper tissues or gloves to pick up balls and return them to their bag at the end of play.
During a game, record scores using a personal system such as beads or pegs.
If waiting to play, or being a spectator, you may use one of the club chairs provided you clean it before use and sit socially distanced from other people.
At the end of an individual game, and if there is a member waiting to play, the court shall be vacated to allow them the opportunity of playing.
At the end of the play session, reclean and return equipment to the same trolley. Return trolley to the shed and reclean its handle. Reclean the club mallet handle. Lock the shed and reclean the padlock etc.
Upon vacating the court, to allow a waiting member to play, and you then intend to leave the park, ensure that the new player is aware of which hoops/peg the leaving player has handled as the new player now becomes responsible for their post game cleaning and storage together with the balls.
Visitors – If a member of the public approaches and they would like a trial, the member should check that they are living locally and therefore potential members, and if willing give them a trial game. At the end of the trial give them one of the membership leaflets in the trolley and invite them to be a spectator.
Keyholders leaving the park should ensure, by enquiry, that at least one other keyholder remains on the courts and has the key with them.
All members attending the courts, whether they play or not, should notify the Secretary that they visited with details of the date, approx times of arriving and leaving, and a list of others (outside of their household) who were also present.
If non-members attend the courts their names and contact details should also be on the list.
If members unfortunately catch the virus, or are contacted by the government tracers, the tracers should be advised to contact the Secretary via
Any player found not to be adhering to this statement will be warned that if they continue not adhering they will be prevented from playing and reported to the Committee.
We all need to follow this statement in order to keep ourselves and others SAFE.
It should be noted that The Whitworth tea room is now open. Toilets should be available between 10am and 4pm.

As the Government change advice and when the CA issue new guidance this statement will be modified and members informed. Until an amendment is issued this statement shall be adhered to.