ACTION PLAN FOR RESUMING BOWLING
a) The Government has given the green light to start bowling again provided it is done while respecting the safety advice in relation to the Coronavirus (Covid 19) pandemic. In particular, you may only bowl with one other person from outside your household and you must respect the 2 metre social distancing at all times.
b) It is important that, so far as possible, equipment is not shared and, where equipment is handled by more than one person, it is routinely cleaned and disinfected to prevent any possibility of one person unknowingly transmitting coronavirus to another.
c) Both the Executive Committee and any member who bowls have a responsibility for minimising the risk of the transmission of Covid 19 at the Bowls Club. However, it is for each member to decide, taking account of their personal circumstances, whether they wish to risk bowling at the current time.
d) The Executive Committee have met (remotely) and agreed the following protocols for resuming bowling at Clock House.
2. Who can Bowl
a) Those in the extremely vulnerable group (ie those who have received a letter from the Government) are still advised to remain and exercise at home. The Executive Committee therefore ask any member in the Group not to bowl at this time.
b) The Government advice for those in the clinically vulnerable group (such as people aged over 70) to stay at home as much as possible and, if you do go out, take particular care to minimise contact with others outside their household. Advice from Bowls England is that people within this group may bowl if they wish. But clearly it is a decision for each individual on whether or not they want to bowl at this time. The Committee is aware of some members who definitely want to bowl and others who definitely do not want to bowl at this stage.
c) Members under 70 with no underlying health problems may, of course bowl if they wish.
d) You should 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. Even if you have only mild symptoms, please protect your fellow members by staying away from the Club.
3. Arrangements for Play
a) The rink will reopen on Saturday 30th May.
b) Only 3 rinks will be in use on any day (ie rinks 1, 3 & 5 or 2, 4 & 6).
c) There will be roll ups only, either on your own or with one other person. If your playing partner is not in same household you must observe social distancing at all times.
d) You should book a session in advance (see below for details.) Sessions will start at 10 (not Monday, Wednesday or Friday), 12, 2, 4 and 6).
e) There must be no more than 6 members playing at any one time, ie 2 players per rink.
f) Please arrive no more than 10 minutes before your session unless you have been asked to set up the rinks. Leave the rink 1 hour 40 minutes after your session starts and leave the bowling complex no less than 10 before the start of the next session. This is important to ensure the Club fully complies with the Government guidelines.
g) There should be no markers, spectators or other visitors.
4. Booking system
a) You must book a rink in advance. Do not turn up to bowl unless you have booked a rink and received confirmation of your booking.
b) The Club Captains, Beverly and Trevor Plank, will take bookings and allocate rinks.
c) Before making a booking, you will need to find someone to partner, unless you prefer to bowl on your own. You may of course partner different people on different days.
d) From 25th May, anyone wishing to bowl should email a request to T.firstname.lastname@example.org a minimum of 2 days and a maximum of 7 days in advance (eg email on Monday for bookings on the following Wednesday onwards). Please do not call or text if you have Email.
e) Your email should include the following: your name; the name of your playing partner (or indicate you want to bowl on your own); the session you would like (date and time - if you can be flexible say so, giving alternative dates and/or times).
f) Club members who do not have email should call or text to 07734 888107. Please do not call on the home number.
g) Each evening the Captains will complete the bowling schedule for the next 2 days and send out confirmation Emails to those with a session. Those without email will be telephoned. The Captains will endeavour to give every member who requests a session a fair shot in the allocation process.
h) The club’s website will be updated each evening to show bookings and available sessions over the next seven days. Please note that bookings more than 2 days in advance are provisional and subject to amendment.
5. Use and Cleaning of Equipment
a) The Club will provide sanitiser in each of the toilets, by the gate and by the Club House. Those playing should also bring their personal hand sanitiser with them.
b) To minimise the risk of infection, only essential items (as below) should be used during any session: mat, bowls, jack, rink markers and personal glove(s), if you wish to bowl wearing a glove.
c) The Captains will ask one person booked for the first session of the day to get to the Club early to unlock the gate (locking the padlock to the open gate) and clean 6 mats with the spray sanitiser provided and place and centre the mats at the ends of the 3 rinks in use. When bowling the mats should be left in position at both ends. If they need re-centring, because they have moved, the mats should be touched by only one person in each pair throughout the session. If you have touched the mat during the session, please sanitise the mat at the end of the session and wash and/or sanitise your hands.
d) Use one Jack at each end and after it is on the green do not touch with your hands, ie place with your foot. Unless you are the last person on the rink that day, leave the jacks on the rink for the next session.
e) At the end of the last session of the day sanitise the jacks and mats from your rink and put them away in the shed.
f) To minimise the risk of infection, any other equipment that is non-essential at this time should not be used. This includes: scoreboards, bowls pushers, ditch markers, 2m distance sticks, chalk and measuring equipment.
g) Similarly wet mats should not be used at the moment. If the green is too wet to bowl without damaging the green, you should not bowl.
h) Bowls England advise that players should sanitise any equipment touched before and after their session and wash or sanitise their hands at the end of the session.
6. Use of Club House and Toilets
a) As a general rule the Club House should not be used, with the following exceptions:
You may collect any equipment you need that is in the Club House before your first session. After that take all equipment home and bring it with you for your next session.
You may access the First Aid equipment in the event of an emergency.
You may use the phone in an emergency, if no mobile phone is available.
b) Apart from above, do not use the changing room. Come dressed to play bowls in normal bowls clothing. Change your shoes outside sitting on one of the benches.
c) Do not use the kitchen area of the Club House. Bring any food or drink you require with you and please take any rubbish home with you.
d) The toilets will be open. You may wish to use the paper towels or toilet paper from the toilet to turn the taps on and off to avoid contact with your hands. Please take any used paper towels or any other rubbish home with you. Apart from toilet paper, please do not flush anything else, particularly hand paper towels or wipes.
7. Observing Government Guidelines
a) Apart from those in your own household, respect the Government’s advice on Social Distancing at all times. Any complaints that Club members are not doing so could jeopardise the continued opening of the green. So:
Remember you are only supposed to socialise with one other person outside your household at any time, while still social distancing. So, other than greeting those members playing on other rinks, do not enter into long conversations with them, even from 2 metres or more away.
Do not give a lift to the bowling club or accept a lift with anyone unless they are a member of your household.
It goes without saying, no handshakes etc.
b) The Committee strongly advises that before any member plays they read the following guidance:
Bowls England Covid 19 Guidance for Lawn Bowls Clubs:
Government Guidance for the Public on the Phased Return of Outdoor Sport and recreation in England:
Government Guidance for Providers of Outdoor Facilities on the Phased Return of Sport and Recreation in England:
c) Any member who consistently disregards the advice above, thus jeopardising the continued opening of the Club, may have their club membership suspended by the Executive Committee.
8. Moving Forward
They Executive Committee plan to meet again (remotely) on Thursday 11th June to review how the arrangements are going and to consider any further Government advice issued by that time. The Committee would welcome any feedback from members on these arrangements. Please send any comments to Mike Long (email email@example.com) or text/phone (07817 703027).