COVID-19

RETURN TO BOWLS GUIDELINES



UPDATED: Tuesday June 2nd, 2020

STAGE 2 – Easing of restrictions

Following the Victorian State Government’s announcement (Sunday May 24) of planned lifting of COVID-19 restrictions entering Stage 2, Bowls Victoria lists the measures which must be adhered to for Stage 2 from Sunday May 31 at 11:59pm through to June 22 (pending further announcements from the State Government).

As mentioned previously, the sole priority at this point in time is safe social opportunities to play Bowls. We want Bowlers to stay socially connected with others in small groups, practicing the sport that we all enjoy.


In addition to the Stage 1 Restrictions previously communicated, the following now applies:

  • Club social bowls is permitted for up to 20 people per green. 20 people are not to congregate in one area and at all times must maintain social distancing principles (1.5m) and correct hygiene practices as listed below.
  • There is a maximum of 20 people permitted per green (maintaining a maximum of 4 people per rink). If a coach attends, they are part of the 20 total people.
  • Any meals must comply with the restaurants and cafes guidelines found here.
  • Club members do have the option of going to another club to roll up or practice. However, while playing Bowls you should keep a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and others. The member should leave the club soon after finishing their practice. Please keep this to a local club i.e. if you bowl in the East Gippsland area, there is no need to travel to Mildura to practice.
  • All members should leave the club as soon as possible after finishing their practice/social bowls.
  • As per the most recent Victorian Government advice, Club rooms are now open ONLY for toilet use. No changerooms and showers are to be used. Clubrooms are not to be used for meetings until further restrictions are released.
  • AGMs should NOT be held in person at the club. Find out more.
  • Club vs club competition cannot take place at this time.
  • All internal Club matches i.e: Singles, Pairs, Mixed Pairs, 100 up, cannot take place at this time.
  • Spectators are not permitted at a Club.
  • NSW based Clubs affiliated with Bowls Victoria should also consider and abide by their State Government legislation.

As a reminder, general hygiene practices include:

  • Clean hands by having hand sanitizer readily available at the club,
  • Refrain from shaking hands and ‘high-fiving’ others.
  • All mats & jacks should be thoroughly cleaned before being used.
  • Wash your hands before and after play.
  • Refrain from handling other people’s bowls.
  • Do not attend the club if you are feeling unwell.

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A reminder that in these difficult times, your Club and Region should apply for a short-term survival package from the Victorian State Government as part of helping our sport reboot, rebound and recover from COVID-19.

Club grants are available for up to $1,000 and Region grants are up to $15,000. For more information, please click here or contact your local Regional Bowls Manager.


In other news:

  • The Bowls Victoria office will remain closed for the month of June as we continue to comply with the Victorian Government Restrictions.

This advice is general in nature and the COVID-19 situation is forever changing.

Please keep an eye out on bowlsvic.org.au and our Bowls Victoria Facebook Page for any further updates in regard to restrictions.



Tuesday May 12th, 2020

STAGE 1 – Easing of restrictions

Following the Victorian State Government’s planned lifting of COVID-19 restrictions yesterday (Monday May 11) and after further discussion with Sport and Recreation Victoria, Vic Sport and Bowls Australia, the below information from Bowls Victoria lists the measures to ensure that we can return to the sport that we all enjoy playing from Tuesday May 12 at 11:59pm to Sunday May 31 (pending further announcements from the State Government).

The sole priority at this point in time is safe social opportunities to play Bowls. We want Bowlers start to socially connect with others in small groups, practicing the sport that we all enjoy.

Bowls Victoria will continue to liaise with the Victorian State Government, VicSport and Bowls Australia to provide specific advice for Bowlers for the month of June.

This advice is general in nature and the COVID-19 situation is forever changing. Please keep an eye out on bowlsvic.org.au and our Bowls Victoria Facebook page for any further updates in regard to Bowls restrictions.

As between the period of Wednesday May 13 and Sunday May 31, the following must be adhered to for all Bowls Victoria Affiliated Clubs.

Clubs:

  • Should advise their members whether their Bowling Green is open or closed after Wednesday May 13. 
  • Bowlers must contact their club to check whether they are open, available (within visitor number limits), and ready for a roll.
  • Clubs should also check with their local council that that they have permission to re-open their club.
  • Clubs should have all appropriate signage to advise members on the requirements of play.
  • Clubs should be open to members only.
  • NSW clubs should also consider and abide by their State Government legislation.

Practicing Bowls:

  • Clubs are permitted to have 10 people maximum per green (including a coach).
  • Rinks must be positioned a minimum of 1.5 metres apart at all times.
  • Maximum of 4 Bowlers per rink at any one time. Bowlers should practice social distancing (1.5 meters apart) at all times.

General Around-the-Green Hygiene:

  • Please refrain from shaking hands, high-fives or any contact with others and keep 1.5 meters apart.
  • Please refrain from handling other people’s bowls.
  • Please keep your hands clean by having sanitizer readily available at the club.
  • Wash your hands before and after play.
  • If you’re feeling unwell then you should not attend the club under any circumstances.
  • All mats and jacks must be thoroughly cleaned before being used.
  • Please refrain from picking up Jacks and instead (where possible) kick jacks with your feet.
  • Please refrain from multiple people handling mats.

Facility Use:

  • Clubs may use toilets at their facility.
  • Club houses, bars, eating areas, indoor sitting areas, showers and change rooms must remain closed.
  • Bars and restaurants attached to a Bowling Club that are already offering takeaway or delivery services can continue. No sit-down meals or drinks are permitted.

General Information:

  • Practice must be limited to 10 people per green.
  • Members in a high-risk category should strongly consider whether they should or should not be playing as per their own circumstances and/or medical advice.
  • Clubs should be aware that Bowls are limited to practice at this stage and no organised competition Bowls are permitted (For instance; this is not the period of time where your club should be scheduling a club pairs match).
  • Clubs must keep a list of who attends the venue/club and at what time (arrival and departure times) to assist with contact tracing if required.
  • No spectators are permitted to watch anyone practice (unless they are driving a bowler to and from their practice session), clubs should remain a spectator free environment until Bowls Victoria advises otherwise.

Until the Victorian Government releases a further update (estimated to be in early June 2020), these measures are for the foreseeable future, to keep Victorian Bowlers safe.

Bowls Victoria are committed to providing safe environments to play our remaining State Championship events and remaining Metropolitan Pennant matches. More information will be released upon these two respective competitions in June pending further government advice.



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