Last Step > Return to Play

UPDATE: Wednesday 17th February, 2021.

Bowls can re-commence from tomorrow (Thursday 18th). That means for those in Metro Melbourne, Thursday pennant is back on tomorrow, and weekend pennant is back for all of Victoria on Saturday.

Masks are not required for bowls so long as 1.5m physical distancing is maintained. However, The Premier has specified masks are required indoors unless eating/drinking, so please ensure you carry one with you at all time.

All other rules around density quotas, hospitality guidelines, etc, revert back to what they were 5 days ago. Clubs must maintain their COVID-safe plans, ensure sanitiser is readily available both indoors and outdoors, and remember to refrain from shaking hands/hi-fives, etc.

UPDATE: Friday 12th February, 2021.


Effective 11.59pm Friday 12th February
to 11.59pm Wednesday 17th February, 2021.

All Victorians will by now be aware that our whole state will go into lockdown, effective 11.59pm tonight, for 5 days.

So unfortunately this news means NO BOWLS state-wide for 5 days, from midnight tonight:

  • Weekend Metro & Regional pennant games are cancelled
  • Midweek Metro & Regional pennant games are cancelled (through to Wednesday)
  • Club games and Regional events are cancelled
  • All school related events are cancelled (where BV is the controlling body)
  • No social, barefoot or tournament events
  • Clubs are to close from 11.59pm tonight

For all cancelled pennant games in Metro Melbourne, game points will be split as per a ‘wash-out’ scenario. Clubs must submit all teams/sides in BowlsLink, and the HOME side must then mark the game as ‘unplayed’ (use ‘lockdown’ as the reason given). The AWAY side must then confirm the result and BowlsLink will then allocate 9 points each.

For Regional clubs, it will be the decision of each Region as to how the allocation of points will be determined. 

UPDATE: Thursday 10th December, 2020.

As part of the Premier’s COVID-19 update, from 11:59pm on Sunday, 6 December 2020 Victoria moves to COVIDSafe Summer restrictions, there were some more positive changes for bowlers and clubs.


A number of changes have been made to our Return to Play Guidelines, to highlight a few key areas:

  • Tea/Coffee stations can be set up with single portion packs
  • Number of players now not capped but subject to density limits
  • Masks not required for bowling or spectating
  • All types of competitions can be played
  • QR Code Contact Tracing recommended (mandatory for 2sqm rule)
  • Seated service no longer required with standing in bars permitted
  • Water fountains are still classed as high risk but can be used

Bowls Victoria Club Signage

Click to download.

General around-the-green hygiene:

  • Refrain from shaking hands, high-fives or any contact with others, and keep 1.5 metres apart. Refrain from handling other people’s bowls.
  • Mats and jacks should be handled by one person only.
  • Please keep your hands clean by having sanitiser readily available at the club.
  • Wash your hands before and after play.
  • Wear a clean uniform.
  • If you are feeling unwell then you should not attend the club under any circumstances.
  • 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.
  • If a member is sick or comes into contact with someone that may have tested positive to COVID-19, the club must let Bowls Victoria know immediately.

Greens Maintenance

Under the new restrictions, greenkeepers can continue to carry out their work with a COVID-Safe plan.

State Government Requirements:

  • Your club must provide both a COVID Safe Plan.
  • Please note: If you have a contracted greenkeeper who is self-employed they must have their own COVID Safe Plan.
  • If they are an employee of a company, that company must have a COVID Safe Plan.
  • If you employ a greenkeeper directly you are responsible for having a COVID Safe Plan.

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.

BV Participant Support page

BV Club Support page