THE EMIRATES Riverside has been closed, with Durham Cricket Club offering their home to the local council and NHS – if it is needed.

With the cricket season on hold, and looking increasingly unlikely that much of the sport will be played at all this summer, Durham’s players are training alone at home to remain in self-isolation.

The home ground has been closed to the public and all non-essential staff, with the decision regularly reviewed.

Chief Executive, Tim Bostock, said: “Throughout this ongoing situation the senior leadership team at the club have been meeting on a daily basis and reviewing our operational practices in line with Government advice.

“All decisions have been taken with the health and safety of our customers and staff in mind.

“Most staff have been working from home since last week and we have now taken the decision to close Emirates Riverside entirely to minimise any risks to staff and customers.

“Where possible our staff are now working from home and we are available to deal with any enquiries via the email addresses provided below.”

He added: "Durham Cricket have offered the use of Emirates Riverside to the local council and NHS should it be of use as well as the support of their staff who may be of assistance."

Durham’s players have been posting regular fitness and coaching videos on social media to interact with fans and the club has said it is keen to engage with supporters and the community.

The club are keen to remain engaged with fans of all ages and help to provide information.