12th April – Bowls England Guidance STEP 2

Issued 9 April 2021 Back to Bowls – full guidance, click link below

The return of sport and physical activity is vital to the physical and mental health of the nation, and we know our sport has a big role to play in providing an opportunity for outdoor activity as the lockdown restrictions ease. The government’s roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions in England consists of four steps, and lawn bowls resumed on Monday 29 March (Step 1). We have been delighted to share some great stories of clubs already opening their doors since that date. Outdoor lawn bowls for adults and children is permitted in larger numbers, provided it is formally organised (see the section below on ‘organised sport’ for more information) and follows COVIDsecure guidance. Where bowls activity is not formally organised, it can only take place within the rules on social contact – in groups of up to 6 people, or two households.

The government has confirmed that we’ll move to Step 2 on Monday 12 April. The major changes from this date for our clubs and members are highlighted below:

• Outdoor hospitality can open in accordance with the government guidance on hospitality settings

• Changing rooms can be opened, but participants should be encouraged to avoid or minimise use where possible. Participants should socially distance whilst in changing rooms. Subject to available space, more than one household can use changing facilities at one time but they must not mix and must adhere to capacity limits set by the club. Face coverings should be worn at all times when indoors

• Travel should be minimised but can take place for the purpose of sport and physical activity. Car sharing, however, is not permitted

• Spectators are only allowed on public land, where they must adhere to social gathering limits either in groups of six or two households

• Further flexibility has been provided with regard to playing formats and arrangements

To provide additional support to enable affiliated clubs open safely, we are working in collaboration with the Bowls Development Alliance (BDA), British Crown Green Bowling Association and Disability Bowls England to provide resources for affiliated clubs under the banner ‘Back to Bowls’.

Bowls England – Return to Play Guidance for Affiliated Clubs, Counties and Associate Members Step Two – Issued 9 April 2021 Page 2 of 12,  our ‘Return to Play’ guidance.

 This will include:

• Exclusive access to club resources including signage, posters and sanitisation products

• Risk assessment template

• Case studies for ‘Covid-friendly’ sessions and formats

• ‘Stay safe’ Membership pledge

• Review of online booking systems

• Additional information for disabled participation

 We recommend that all clubs consider this document together with the government guidance. All items may be adapted as necessary to meet your club’s specific circumstances, so long as your actions remain consistent with government advice and social distancing requirements. This guidance is applicable from Monday 12 April and replaces all previous guidance that we have issued. For the purpose of clarity, we have highlighted amendments and additions from our previous guidance in yellow. At Step 3 (Monday 17 May at the earliest) we expect larger groups to be able to gather at clubs and inside catering to be permitted with restrictions. We shall update our guidance to affiliated clubs once the government has confirmed the country is moving to Step 3 (a decision is expected on Monday 10 May)