3 June 2020
Further updates on
playing Bowls received from the Government.
on from the Government opening more measures.
The Government guidance now allows clubs
to consider alternative formats with reduced numbers per rink – for example
singles and pairs – in order for social distancing to be more easily
maintained. Rinks of 3 would be allowed but you must have procedures in place
to maintain social distancing.
Clubs may wish to allow spectators,
however their attendance must be in line with Government guidelines on social
distancing and the ability of the club to accommodate the additional numbers
Bowls clubs will need to communicate clearly and
regularly with members and participants setting out what they are doing to
manage risk, and what advice they are giving to individuals to do likewise.
Ideally clubs should publish an action plan
detailing their plans to re-open safely and the steps they are taking to avoid
Clubs should also communicate clearly opening times
and how people can safely access a facility, if relevant, for example through a
booking or queuing system.
It is more important than ever to consider inclusive
guidance for people who need support to be active and organisations should
consider this as part of their work to encourage people to return.
The government is
clear that sports participation should be restricted to participants exercising
by themselves, with members from their same household, or in a group of no more
than 5 other people from other households, while observing social distancing
guidelines. The police have been given powers to enforce these measures.
To help everyone maintain good
hygiene, consideration should be given to:
signs and posters to build awareness of good handwashing technique, the need to
increase handwashing frequency, avoid touching your face and to cough or sneeze
into your arm. Consider how to ensure safety messages reach those with hearing
or vision impairments
regular reminders and signage to maintain hygiene standards
hand sanitiser in multiple locations in addition to washrooms
clear use and cleaning guidance for toilets to ensure they are kept clean and
social distancing is achieved
cleaning for busy areas
more waste facilities and more frequent rubbish collection
disposable paper towels in handwashing facilities.
use of portable toilets
of automated hand sanitising dispensers in public places.
Public Health England has advised maintaining 2 metres (6ft) to
reduce the risk of transmission of coronavirus.
Club Houses should still remain closed.
13 May 2020
E.B.F. update on Outdoor Bowling.
Following Boris Johnson’s announcement on Sunday:
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (D.C.M.S) have now released instructions on when Bowling Clubs may re-open. Bowling green’s can now re-open from today Wednesday 13th May, You should only partake in such activities alone, with members of your household, or with one other person from outside your household, while practising social distancing. Competitions and competitive bowling will not be allowed at the present time. Clubhouses should remain closed and you should take particular care if you need to use any inside facilities. (E.g. Toilets).
Clubs should take all the necessary steps in order to facilitate their Club re-opening; some players are clearly keen to get back on the greens. It will be for individuals and Clubs to determine when they are ready to start bowling again. Inside facilities such as toilets should be cleaned more frequently, paying close attention to high-contact objects e.g. door handles. Employers should provide hand washing facilities or hand sanitisers at entry and exit points and on the greens.
Equipment must be placed outside for members to use and cleaned with sanitisers and disinfectants. There will be no facilities for changing.
The following instructions should be followed.
- If you are showing corona virus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating, you should stay at home –and not play bowls, this is critical to staying safe and saving lives.
- At all times, you should continue to observe social distancing guidelines when on Club Premises, including ensuring you are 2 metres away from anyone outside your household.
- People will only be able to use these facilities, either by themselves, with people from their own household or with one other person who stays in another household.
- Only singles games can be played unless all persons are from the same household.
- The advice for those aged 70 and over continues to be that they should take particular care to minimise contact with others outside their household. If bowling they should be careful to maintain distance from others unfortunately, we know that as you get older, there is a higher risk of corona virus having a more serious impact with infection. Complications and deaths are more common in the elderly, even those without pre-existing conditions.
E.B.F. National Secretary.
19 March: Sadly we must announce that in line with the Bowls National bodies and of course other sports, the Coningsby League for 2020 has been cancelled. With the government policy of self isolation especially for the 80% plus of those who play the sport, it would be wrong to attempt to run a competition this coming season. Your health is far more important, so please take care and be fit for the return as soon as the situation has improved.
13 March 2020: Please Note that the AGM next thursday has been cancelled due to the Virus. There is no need for more general contact than is necessary and the meeting will be held later in the year once conditions are better. We hope that the outdoor season will be able to go ahead, but of course things may be very different by the beginning of May. Keep well everyone and wash those hands. We will conduct the cup draws and send them to you along with the statemnt of accounts for the year to 28 February 2020.
Please Note: Smoking is not allowed on the green
1 February 2020: There will be 27 teams taking part this season and following a consultation with member clubs it has been decided that Divisions 1,2,and 3 will have 7 teams playing 12 matches, and Division 4 will have 6 teams playing 15 matches.
There will be fewer cup matches, so it might be possible to bring forward some fixtures where gaps appear in the calendar, by prior agreement.
Fixtures are now on the site
Div 1 – Friskney A, Friskney B, Boston West End B, Sleaford Road, Jubilee Park A, Sibsey, Billinghay
Div 2 – Swineshead, Mareham Le Fen, Kirton A, Forbes Road, Wrangle, Boston West End A, Ruskington,
Div 3 – Burton House, Stickney, Bicker, Frieston A, Heckington, Woodhall Spa A, Woodhall Spa B,
Div 4 – Wigtoft, Frieston B, Kirton B, Horncastle, Jubilee Park B, Mareham Ladies