Following the Swiss Federal Council announcement on Wednesday 14th April, Cricket Switzerland has taken the decision to postpone the start of the 2021 cricket season.
The lack of any perspective from the Federal Council makes it difficult, but a further announcement is expected on 20.4.2021.
Today's announcement by the Swiss Federal Council was not good news for restaurants or for sport.
Any decision to relax the current restrictions has been delayed another four weeks, until after the Easter holiday.
If the Swiss population can contain themselves over Easter we may get our season going on 1st May. But without a supply of the vaccine, it is always going to be a struggle.
Alex Mackay, President of Cricket Switzerland, speaking out against the indecision said, "Obviously the health of the nation is paramount, but it is hard to see the rationale in not facilitating the ability of the Swiss population to be fit & healthy, maximise the immune system, help maintain the physical & mental health of the people, but allowing them all to go shopping."
"Swiss Olympic is lobbying hard with the Federal Council to provide sport with a perspective for the immediate future, but the question remains, should we be permitted to play sports. Throughout this pandemic, sport has not been a driver, particularly non-contact sports like cricket."
We await the next announcement, when we are hopeful we will be able to share some more positive & optimistic news.
As we approach the 2021 season, Covid-19 corona virus perseveres and now threatens to infringe on a second consecutive season. It continues to have a negative impact on the everyday lives of cricketers across the country.
The 2020 season came to a satisfying conclusion and it is planned to run 2021 much the same.
The measures introduced by the Federal Council to slow down the second wave of the pandemic came into effect in December 2020 and remain in effect.
While juniors are free to train in small groups & without masks, senior have had to abandon any plans for indoor training as of 1st Match are limited to groups of 15 outdoors.
Having forced the cancellation of the series of autumn indoor cricket tournaments organised by Gingins Cricket Club for the U11, U13 & U15 age groups, the annual Basel indoors series are now under threat.
End of season club dinners & social evenings had to be abandoned and the winners of the season’s best trophies & awards had to be content with receiving their accolades privately. Now club AGMs are likely to be affected, unless, like Cricket Switzerland, they are able to move online.
It remains a Cricket Switzerland priority to keep ourselves, our families and our fellow country-folk safe. To date, sport has not been a driver for the virus and we don't intend that it will be in 2021. "The end is in sight, but we need to continue to be patient and work together, to respect the measures affecting us all, to help us through this.", said Alex Mackay.
The next update is expected at the end of March.