Return to Play Update as Victoria moves to Last Step restrictions.

by Melanie Allen

UPDATE: Monday 23rd November, 2020.

Victorian bowlers can breathe freely again thanks to yesterday’s easing of restrictions on the use of face masks. As part of the Premier’s COVID-19 update on Sunday 22nd November, and the move for Victoria into the Last Step, there were some positive changes for bowlers and clubs.

These changes came into effect from 11.59pm on 22nd November, 2020.


  • Face masks no longer required when bowling if 1.5m distance is maintained.
  • Number of players – new venue and group caps now apply.
  • Clubhouses can open subject to density limits.
  • Spectators are allowed but are included in venue/group caps.
  • Car pooling can occur although it is still recommended to avoid it.
  • Water fountains are no longer banned however are considered high risk.
  • Indoor bowls can re-commence subject to venue and group caps.
  • Tournaments, social and barefoot bowls can re-commence subject to venue and group caps.

Hospitality Venues

Following the Premier’s confirmation of our move to the Last Step, there are still a number of documents still to be released, however we have updated our Return to Play Guidelines with all the advice received to date.

Please note that the Industry Restart Guidelines for Hospitality document has not yet been revised (last dated 8th November), however the DDHS website does have updated advice on patron numbers for hospitality businesses. Please refer to the below two pages (and continue to check for updates) for information on hospitality, dining, indoor/outdoor patron limits, etc.

Posters and signage can also be found at the link below.

Bowls Victoria Updated Club Signage

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Additional Resources:

  • For the latest State Government COVID-19 update, please click here.
  • Links to the latest COVID-19 information and resources, including current restriction levels, are available from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) here.

We will continue to work with relevant government authorities to provide the Bowls community with new and updated information as it comes to hand, and as mentioned above there are various documents yet to be released that will may clubs.

We are getting very close to the final ‘COVID-Normal’ Step, but until then we are pleased with all the above updates and trust that clubs and members will work within the revised guidelines.

Now it’s time to get those tournaments back on your calendars, get your barefoot bowlers back, and start working on new ways to get people through the doors and onto your greens.

Please stay safe and look after each other.