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.
Bowls Victoria Club Signage
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.
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.
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.