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3 June 2020

Further Update

Further updates on
playing Bowls received from the Government

Following
on from the Government opening more measures.

The Government guidance now allows clubs
to consider alternative formats with reduced numbers per rink – for example
singles and pairs – in order for social distancing to be more easily
maintained. Rinks of 3 would be allowed but you must have procedures in place
to maintain social distancing.

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

Bowls clubs will need to communicate clearly and
regularly with members and participants setting out what they are doing to
manage risk, and what advice they are giving to individuals to do likewise.

Ideally clubs should publish an action plan
detailing their plans to re-open safely and the steps they are taking to avoid
confusion.

Clubs should also communicate clearly opening times
and how people can safely access a facility, if relevant, for example through a
booking or queuing system.

It is more important than ever to consider inclusive
guidance for people who need support to be active and organisations should
consider this as part of their work to encourage people to return.

The government is
clear that sports participation should be restricted to participants exercising
by themselves, with members from their same household, or in a group of no more
than 5 other people from other households, while observing social distancing
guidelines. The police have been given powers to enforce these measures.

To help everyone maintain good
hygiene, consideration should be given to:

Using
signs and posters to build awareness of good handwashing technique, the need to
increase handwashing frequency, avoid touching your face and to cough or sneeze
into your arm. Consider how to ensure safety messages reach those with hearing
or vision impairments

Providing
regular reminders and signage to maintain hygiene standards

Providing
hand sanitiser in multiple locations in addition to washrooms

Setting
clear use and cleaning guidance for toilets to ensure they are kept clean and
social distancing is achieved

Enhancing
cleaning for busy areas

Providing
more waste facilities and more frequent rubbish collection

Using
disposable paper towels in handwashing facilities.

Minimising
use of portable toilets

Provision
of automated hand sanitising dispensers in public places.

Public Health England has advised maintaining 2 metres (6ft) to
reduce the risk of transmission of coronavirus.

Club Houses should still remain closed.

 

13 May 2020

E.B.F. update on Outdoor Bowling.

Following Boris Johnson’s announcement on Sunday:

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (D.C.M.S) have now released instructions on when Bowling Clubs may re-open. Bowling green’s can now re-open from today Wednesday 13th May,   You should only partake in such activities alone, with members of your household, or with one other person from outside your household, while practising social distancing. Competitions and competitive bowling will not be allowed at the present time. Clubhouses should remain closed and you should take particular care if you need to use any inside facilities. (E.g. Toilets).

Clubs should take all the necessary steps in order to facilitate their Club re-opening; some players are clearly keen to get back on the greens. It will be for individuals and Clubs to determine when they are ready to start bowling again. Inside facilities such as toilets should be cleaned more frequently, paying close attention to high-contact objects e.g. door handles. Employers should provide hand washing facilities or hand sanitisers at entry and exit points and on the greens.

Equipment must be placed outside for members to use and cleaned with sanitisers and disinfectants. There will be no facilities for changing.

The following instructions should be followed.

  1. If you are showing corona virus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating, you should stay at home –and not play bowls, this is critical to staying safe and saving lives.
  2. At all times, you should continue to observe social distancing guidelines when on Club Premises, including ensuring you are 2 metres away from anyone outside your household.
  3. People will only be able to use these facilities, either by themselves, with people from their own household or with one other person who stays in another household.
  4. Only singles games can be played unless all persons are from the same household.
  5. The advice for those aged 70 and over continues to be that they should take particular care to minimise contact with others outside their household. If bowling they should be careful to maintain distance from others unfortunately, we know that as you get older, there is a higher risk of corona virus having a more serious impact with infection. Complications and deaths are more common in the elderly, even those without pre-existing conditions.

Dave Woods

E.B.F. National Secretary.

26 March: Given the current situation we feel the 2020 Boston League bowls season must be cancelled and subscriptions will be carried forward to next year.  If things improve later in the summer we may look at organizing some friendlies but that looks unlikely at the minute, however we will keep in touch with any changes.

At the AGM on 23 January 2020 it was agreed that the Leagues would be constituted as follows:

Monday Division 1 : 8 Teams playing each other twice

Monday Division 2:  5 Teams playing each other three times

Tuesday Division 1: 6 teams playing each other three times

Tuesday Division 2: 6 teams playing each other 3 times

Wednesday Division 1: 8 Teams playing each other twice

Wednesday Division 2: 5 Teams playing each other three times.

The fixture plan is on the fixtures page and the fixtures will be added shortly.

No fixtures have been arranged for the 25 May Bank Holiday.

Start times are 6-30pm and from 10 August 6pm

 

 

 

 

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