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MCC update in relation to Covid-19

Posted: 2 November 2020

Safety is our priority
Our teams have been working hard to be able to reopen various parts of the club and lord's cricket ground during the summer. 

However, as a result of the Government announcement of a national lockdown in England to start at 00.01 on 5 November, all general public and Member activities are suspended until further notice.

We have made a number of physical changes in the Ground and we comply with all the appropriate regulations from the UK Government, The Sports Ground Safety Authority, Westminster City Council and the ECB. As such, we have policies and procedures in place to effectively manage the risk of COVID-19.

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FIXTURES and tickets update

We were delighted to host some cricket at Lord’s this year. The reduced season totalled just 11 days of cricket with five Vitality Blast matches, the Bob Willis Trophy Final, and The Cricketer Village Cup Final all played behind closed doors.

Ticket refunds have been automatically processed for the matches that were due to be held. If you had ticket(s) please check your bank account to confirm you have received your refund.
 

Lord’s Indoor Cricket Centre

The Lord’s Indoor Cricket Centre was able to offer limited services to customers adhering to Local COVID Alert Level: High. Unfortunately these services are now cancelled as of 5 November until at least 2 December due to the national lockdown.

All those with current and/or future bookings have been contacted regarding our refund/credit process. Children’s Christmas courses will remain on sale and, at present, are still scheduled to go ahead.

Details of a re-opening date and any restrictions on who can use the Centre will be updated nearer the time. If you would like to make a booking for after 2 December please email indoorcricketcentre@lords.org.

 

Events and Experiences

The Events and Experiences team cover a wide range of activities from exclusive venue hire for corporate, charity and private bookings, to afternoon tea and bespoke experiences such as the Lord’s Dining Club.

During our Ground closure, the team has been working hard on plans to safely welcome back clients and their guests to the Home of Cricket. This was an extensive process and included the review of our cleaning procedures, room capacities, food offering, staff training, operating procedures and additional hand sanitisation stations, in accordance with Government policy. 

If you wish to discuss an existing booking or have an enquiry regarding a provisional booking please contact the Events & Experiences team on 020 7616 8501 or events@lords.org for further information. 

 

Members’ ACTIVITIES

While we were delighted to be able to welcome back Members for special dining activities, these are now suspended until further notice. All Members who were due to attend an activity, or who entered the ballot, have been contacted. 

We will make a decision about offering a fresh set of dates for Members to dine in Pelham’s in due course and with continued reference to Government advice. We will send Members further information by email as and when appropriate. 

 

Tours and the Museum & Library

Regrettably, all Lord’s Tours are now suspended until at least 2 December. When Tours are able to resume we will operate at a reduced capacity to ensure we are taking all the precautions necessary. Lord’s Tours are extremely popular so as and when they resume, please make sure you book your tickets in advance. 

All those affected by these cancellations will be contacted individually and, where appropriate, offered the choice of re-scheduling or accepting a full refund.
 
Customers who had booked gift vouchers from March 2020 have been cancelled and reissued with a 24-month extension. Customers do not need to do anything as this was processed automatically.

 

Matchday Hospitality/Dining and Suites

Enjoying a unique and special experience at Lord’s on a matchday is like no other. From welcoming guests through our gates, to the fine dining and beverages on offer, to the unbeatable views of the pitch, our aim is to ensure our guests have an unforgettable day.

All those who booked hospitality and dining for this season have been refunded. However, we remain hopeful for next season and we looking forward to welcoming guests to our hospitality areas, suites and restaurants to enjoy the best that the Home of Cricket has to offer when it is safe to do so.

MCC Cricket

As one of the largest cricket clubs in the world, MCC usually plays approximately 450 matches a year and has an extensive Overseas Touring Programme, aimed at opening out the game to wider audiences and increasing participation and involvement.

MCC returned to playing Out-Matches in early August and played in excess of 100 matches in the rearranged season, which eventually ended in October. All matches were played in line with the ECB’s guidance on the safe return of recreational cricket in light of the pandemic.

MCC cancelled the remainder of its Overseas Touring Programme for 2020 having already toured in Argentina and Pakistan earlier at the beginning of the year. The Club had been due to visit the Czech Republic, Nepal, Spain and Uganda later in the year. We hope to be able to resume a full programme in 2021.

 

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