Popes Mead Bowls Club News story

COVID - 19

17 May 2020


Date: 14 May 2020


The Government (DCMS) published its full guidance on the return of outdoor sport and recreation, including lawn bowls

 Government guidance released on 13th May 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 one person outside of your household, as long as you are able to maintain social distancing.”

1. Clubs – Summary of Recommended Action

 Bowls England recommends that all clubs follow the guidance below (the guidance may be adapted if necessary for your club, so long as it remains consistent with Government advice and social distancing requirements):

 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 e.g. 1, 3, 5 OR 2, 4, 6 (keep an empty rink between rinks that are being played on) • Maximum of six players on club premises at any one time (assuming average of two people per rink who are not from the same household). Clubs may wish to increase this number if more than two people from the same household are to participate on the same rink. • No visitors/spectators to be admitted to the club • 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:

 Individuals playing bowls on their own on a single rink • Two individuals from two different households playing on a single rink (no marker) • Members of the same household on a single rink (no marker unless from same household)


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 • No rubbish bins – players must take any rubbish away with them


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.




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)

 To minimise the risk of infection, any other equipment is not deemed essential equipment at this time and should NOT be utilised. This includes:

 • Scoreboards - Bowls pushers - Ditch markers - 2m distance sticks - Chalk

  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

 Avoid using toilets at the club wherever possible and 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 should only play with people from your own household or by yourself or, as long as you stay two metres apart, with one other person from outside your household. Groups of more than two people must all be from the same household. This means you cannot have two or three people from one household plus one person from outside the household playing together. • Do not shake hands before, during or after a game • Do not ‘high-five‘ OR ‘hug’ other players to celebrate shots or a win • Only one player should handle the mat during the session • Two jacks (one at each end) should be used and this should be set by one player only throughout the 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

 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)

Can I receive coaching? One on one coaching is permitted if outside and remaining a minimum of 2 metres apart.

 Can we open the club bar and kitchen? No – Bars and restaurants, including any food or drink facilities inside a clubhouse must remain closed until further notice. Take-away services can be offered, but any hot or cold food must be consumed off the premises, outside of the building.

Can we use the club toilets? Yes – toilets and throughways may be kept open, but guidance on hygiene should be followed.

 Can we use the changing rooms? No – all indoor facilities, apart from toilets and through-ways should be kept closed.

 Can we share equipment? Where possible we recommend that you limit sharing of equipment, for example you should use your own bowls. If you are sharing equipment (mats/jacks) you should wash your hands thoroughly before and after use. It is a decision for clubs/facility managers whether or not they loan/hire out bowls. If you do, we would expect you to follow sensible precautions and clean in between users, as well as the safely working guidance