COVID-19

 

Please see below the latest update from Bowls England with regards the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is of course up to the individual to make the final decision as to as to whether he / she attends. 

 

COVID-19: SUPPLEMENTARY GUIDANCE FOR LAWN BOWLS CLUBS Issued: 2nd June 2020
 
The physical and mental wellbeing of our bowls community is of paramount importance. Bowls England wants to support those clubs that wish to reopen and members who would like to play, to do so safely and in accordance with Government guidance.
 
The Government announced on 13th May that facilities associated with outdoor sports and physical activities, including lawn bowls, could reopen.
 
Additional Government guidance released on 1st June 2020 states: “You can play lawn bowls where facilities have reopened, but you can only take part in these activities by yourself, or with members of your household or with no more than five other people outside of your household, as long as you are able to maintain social distancing.”.
 
The guidance we have developed below supplements the Government guidance by covering situations specific to the sport of lawn bowls. It is a live document and will be updated if advice changes and we continue to actively seek the latest advice from Government. 
 
Individual clubs must decide whether they wish to reopen having taken into account Government advice and members must similarly determine whether they wish to participate at the current time
 
This guidance document contains the following Sections:
 
1. Clubs – Summary of Recommended Action 2. Players – Summary of Recommended Action 3. Frequently Asked Questions 4. Back2Bowls 5. Additional Information
 
If you have any questions, please e-mail: enquiries@bowlsengland.com. We are here to help and we will endeavour to respond within three working days.
 
We hope you all stay healthy and that we all get through these challenging times by looking to help each other where we can. The coming weeks and months may also provide an opportunity for you to encourage members of your own household, who currently don’t play, to give bowls a try – clubs are reminded to ensure that any activity by non-members is in accordance with their insurers.  
 
Meanwhile, keep safe, take care, look after yourself and, when you do return to the green, enjoy your bowls.
 
Stay alert, control the virus, save lives.
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1. Clubs – Summary of Recommended Action
 
Bowls England recommends that all clubs consider the guidance below. This may be adapted as necessary for your club, so long as it remains consistent with Government advice and social distancing requirements. This is particularly relevant with regard to rink usage and the maximum numbers of people that each club feels it can manage on the premises safely at any one time:
 
Play arrangements
 
• Off-site booking system for rink allocation  • Minimum of 20 minutes between allocated time slots to enable players to arrive/depart safely • Clubs to communicate in advance with players to advise on social distancing requirements that are being applied on arrival at the club – for example not leaving cars until a certain time before their allocated time slot • Only play on alternate rinks 1, 3, 5 OR 2, 4, 6 (keep an empty rink between rinks that are being played on) • Whilst the Government guidance now enables triples play, clubs may also wish to consider alternative formats with reduced numbers per rink – for example singles and pairs – in order for social distancing to be more easily maintained • Capping the number of occasions a player can book a rink each week to ensure that the available capacity is distributed fairly
 
Playing Formats
 
The following playing formats are in accordance with Government guidelines:
 
• Up to six individuals from different households playing on a single rink
 
Social distancing rules must be strictly adhered to; you must remain at least two metres apart from other bowlers (who are not part of your household) at all times.
 
Clubhouse and Facilities
 
• Until further notice, all clubhouses must be closed • Limited essential access (for example to use the toilets and hand washing facilities) may be allowed by the club • Sanitiser must be available for cleaning hands and equipment before and after playing • Clubs may wish to allow spectators, however their attendance must be in line with Government guidelines on social distancing and the ability of the club to accommodate the additional numbers
 
Social distancing rules must be strictly adhered to; you must remain at least two metres apart from other bowlers (who are not part of your household) at all times.
 
 
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Equipment
 
To minimise the risk of infection, only essential items (as below) should be utilised during any session:
 
• Mat • Bowls • Jack • Rink markers • Gloves • Scorecards (these should be retained by one person only if required) • Bowling arm/lifter (for use by one person only if required) • Bowling aids (for players with a disability if required)
 
To minimise the risk of infection, any other equipment is not deemed essential equipment at this time and clubs should give consideration as to whether they wish to utilise or not. This includes:
 
• Scoreboards • Bowls pushers • Ditch markers • 2m distance sticks • Chalk
  
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2. Players – Summary of Recommended Actions
 Bowls England recommends that all players follow the guidance below (the guidance may be adapted if necessary to meet individual needs, so long as they remain consistent with Government advice and social distancing requirements): 
 In advance
 
• Do not go to the club if you are experiencing any coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or any cold or flu-like symptoms, in particular a cough or a high temperature. Use the NHS 111 website or 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 • Dress appropriately before you get to the club to avoid the need to change clothes – change shoes immediately before and after your game • Travel to the green on your own or with members of your own household only – do not offer a lift to, or accept a lift from, anyone outside your household. Do not arrive more than 10 minutes before your allocated booking time.
 Personal care
 • Whilst they may be open, avoid using toilets at the club wherever possible • Clean anything you have touched after use • Take any food or drink you might need with you • Wash or sanitise your hands and sanitise any equipment (including bowls, jacks and mats) you use before and after you play – do not assume that the person before you has sanitised the equipment thoroughly • Sanitise padlocks, keys and door handles before and after use
 Playing the game
 • You can play lawn bowls where facilities have reopened, but you can only take part in these activities by yourself, or with members of your household or with no more than five other people outside of your household, as long as you are able to maintain social distancing • Do not shake hands before, during or after a game • Do not ‘high-five‘ OR ‘hug’ other players to celebrate shots or a win • Mats/jacks (if shared) must be sanitised before and after each session  • If scoring: o Social distancing rules must be strictly adhered to at all times o Do not touch your opponents’ bowls with your hands o Avoid measuring for shot/s wherever possible
 When you leave
 • When you finish playing, change your shoes and leave the club immediately – ensuring that you have sanitised all equipment used and that the club is secure (as applicable)

 

KCBA

To:       Club Secretaries,  Officers, and Council delegates

 

KENT COUNTY BOWLING ASSOCIATION PLANS FOR 2020 SEASON IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

 

Further to the announcement sent out by Bowls England.

 

A discussion/electronic meeting of the Unified Management Committee took place today to decide the actions we now need to implement to ensure the safety of our members under our duty of care. We would refer you to the response by Bowls England and agree with the measures they are taking.

 

We have made the following decisions:

1.      All County matches are cancelled for the 2020 season. This decision has been made due to the amount of work involved by clubs to host these events; we cannot wait until the last minute as this would be unfair on both clubs and the players involved.

 

2.      All County face to face meetings are postponed until further notice, we intend to use the technology available to remain in touch and keep things running as best we can.

 

3.      All Executive Officers Presidents, Senior Vice, and Junior Vice Presidents elected for 2020 will, depending on their willingness and ability to do so, continue in office for 2021.

 

4.      All County Competitions are cancelled as these are the preliminary rounds of the National Competition/Championships.

 

5.      The return of all competition entry fees will be a heavy financial burden as the cost to our business account will incur charges both for payments made by Bacs and cheques. We, therefore, propose that this money will be held as payment for the 2021 competitions and only be repaid on request less the cost of bank charges. It should be noted that the cost of entries for 2021 will increase to £3.00 per player, this increase will not be incurred by those with money held from this year.

 

6.      Bowls England are returning all affiliation fees, these will be held and paid to Bowls England at the end of this year for next years affiliation, clubs will not have to pay Bowls England

affiliation fees for 2021.

 

 

7.      Bowlers who in 2019 qualified for consideration for the award of a County badge will receive these by post in the near future. This is an action taken due to the exceptional circumstances and will not set a precedent. Players who qualified and wish to receive their badge in a customary way, at their first game for the County, may do so, please notify us as soon as possible if this is your wish.

 

We have received a number of inquiries as to whether or not clubs should open as usual in April, bearing in mind we all have a duty of care, rolling up or practicing on an outdoor green may not pose the same risks providing the green isn’t crowded and a reasonable space is kept from others, it really should be reasonably safe especially for those deemed at low risk from the Covid 19 virus, those at higher risk should be able to make their own decisions.

 

We are all going to be seriously affected by this crisis, we are bowlers we can get through this, with common sense,  a willingness help one another, and the spirit of camaraderie that makes our sport stand out from others we will prevail.

 

We ask you all to take the necessary precautions to remain safe, remember many of our members are unfortunately in the high-risk category, a phone call, an email, or a skype chat to keep them in contact will go a long way to helping them get through this especially to those that live alone.

 

I look forward to seeing you all once again in the not too distant future, meanwhile, we will try to keep you all updated with any developments that may affect us.

 

Rodney Clark

K.C.B.A. General Secretary

 

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