Six clubs from a possible twenty-seven have returned to training in Switzerland after the Swiss Federal Government gave the green light to non-contact sports to practice in groups of 5 from 11th May, as part of the Bündesamt für Gesundheit’s (BAG) phase one of the relaxation of measures implemented during the lockdown.
Basel Dragons, Zurich Crickets (U13 & above), Cossonay, Zug, Nomads & Winterthur have all reported nets & practice activities after being granted permission by their local city or cantonal councils, albeit in strict adherence to the BASPO approved Cricket Switzerland Protective Concept that focuses on the protection of cricketers & their families while allowing sporting activities.
A further nine clubs are hopeful that they will return to training at the end of the month.
On 27th May, the Swiss Federal Council is expected to announce further relaxation measures, due to take effect from 8th June. It is hoped the measurers announced in phase two will go far enough to enable cricket matches to take place, albeit still subject to the BAG hygiene guidelines & protective instructions.
Although that won’t be the case in Geneva City it seems. The Genovese authorities have taken a hard-line approach and suspended all sporting activities until 31st August. This decision directly affects Geneva, Geneva SL, Geneva Int'l & Geneva XI Stars and those clubs are anxiously hoping for a decision to amend that strategy as number of infections of the Covid-19 corona virus are brought under control across the country and particularly in their own county. CERN have also suspended all sporting activities on their grounds until the end of August, while some schools, namely La Chât in Geneva and Lyceum Alpinum in the Grisons will witness no extra-curricular sporting activities for the remainder of the summer.