Step 1 > Metropolitan Melbourne Clubs

UPDATE: Monday 14th September, 2020.

Metro Melbourne reclassified from Stage 4 to Step 1.
Please note: No changes to restrictions listed below.

Tuesday 4th August, 2020.

Bowls Victoria acknowledges the Victorian Premier’s recent announcements regarding increased COVID-19 restrictions, including a move to Stage 4 for Metro Melbourne, and Stage 3 for Regional Victoria (including Mitchell Shire).

We know that this news is hard to take, but it is for the best interests of everyone in our community that we all play our part so that we can soon get back to some sort of normal, and the game we all love.

Clubs located in Metropolitan Melbourne > STEP 1

Club houses to remain closed. Greens now closed. No roll ups or social bowls for the next 6 weeks.

The new directions commenced at 6.00pm on Sunday 2nd August, and will continue for six weeks, to 11:59pm on Sunday 13th September.

Excerpt from State Government Summary of Restrictions – Move to Stage 4:

  • The area moving to Stage 4 ‘Stay at Home’ restrictions is comprised of the 31 metropolitan Melbourne local government areas (LGAs): Banyule, Hume, Moreland, Bayside, Kingston, Mornington Peninsula, Boroondara, Knox, Nillumbik, Brimbank, Manningham, Port Phillip, Cardinia, Maribyrnong, Stonnington, Casey, Maroondah, Whitehorse, Darebin, Melbourne, Whittlesea, Frankston, Melton, Wyndham, Glen Eira, Monash, Yarra, Greater Dandenong, Moonee Valley, Yarra Ranges, Hobsons Bay.
  • The restrictions that apply to the area where you live follow you if you leave that area, unless the area you are entering has tighter restrictions in which case you must observe those.
  • Recreation: activities such as fishing, golf, boating, tennis, surfing and drive range shooting are not allowed.*
  • Outdoor sporting facilities: closed.

* This unfortunately includes Bowls. 

Greens Maintenance

Under the new restrictions, greenkeepers can continue to carry out their work. The guidelines state, ‘essential maintenance for safety and upkeep of public and recreational spaces, such as parks, gardens, golf courses’ is permitted, with a COVID-Safe plan.

Bowls Victoria encourages clubs to do enough to keep greens in condition, without keeping them at their usual standard during the season. For clubs with a paid greenkeeper, please carefully consider their contract(s) and/or employment law for guidance.

State Government Requirements

Your club must provide both a COVID Safe Plan, as well as a Worker Permit for your paid or volunteer greenkeeper. This applies to essential greens maintenance only, not the surrounds of your club/green.

Please note: If you have a contracted greenkeeper who is self-employed they must have their own COVID Safe Plan and a Worker Permit for your club (site location).

If they are an employee of a company, that company must have a COVID Safe Plan and Worker Permit for that employee which lists your site as a place of work.

If you employ a greenkeeper directly you are responsible for having a COVID Safe Plan and a Worker Permit, including for voluntary greenkeepers.

Clubs are required to have their COVID Safe Plan if applicable in place from 11:59pm, 7th of August, 2020.

Additional Resources

For the latest Premier’s COVID-19 Statements, 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.