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On the basis of the above statement, several clubs are opening up for bowling from Monday 17th May. These include Chinnor, Bellingdon, Haddenham, and Hawkslade.

In line with current Government guidelines, it is hoped that most clubs will have their own set of Covid rules which will also include those put in place by the venue in which they play.

As a supplement to this, the BSMBA have issued a draft set of recommendations for clubs to follow. These recommendation will not be mandatory and it will be up to the individual club to ensure the safety of all their players and any visitors they might allow to join in their roll-ups.

Let us all enjoy our bowling, safe in the knowledge that every precaution will be taken to ensure that the risk of catching or transmitting Covid has been minimised.

Please feel free to comment on these recommendation if you feel they need amending, correcting or adding to.

All communications should be sent to:  bucks.shortmat.bowls@gmail.com

Happy Bowling everyone.

Government Roadmap states that from 17th May:

…….  “Other indoor locations to open up in Step 3 include indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas and children’s play areas; the rest of the accommodation sector, including hotels, hostels and B&Bs; and indoor adult group sports and exercise classes. The government will also allow some larger performances and sporting events in indoor venues with a capacity of 1,000 people or half-full (whichever is a lower number), and in outdoor venues with a capacity of 4,000 people or half-full (whichever is a lower number). In the largest outdoor seated venues, where crowds can be spread out, up to 10,000 people will be able to attend (or a quarter-full, whichever is lower)”. ……….


Covid-19 Recommendations

Many players have, by now, received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine and we are all beginning to feel more confident in mixing in public. However, this is a GLOBAL PANDEMIC, and will likely be around for some considerable time yet. Therefore, it cannot be assumed that we are 100% safe, and that we are no longer in danger of catching this awful virus. Therefore, as we return to socialising and playing bowls, we believe that many of the safeguards put in place to protect us during the pandemic, should still be considered as worthwhile precautions for the time being. For that reason, we are putting forward our own set of guidelines which are not intended to be mandatory but will act as a series of safeguards that clubs should consider having in place, to give visiting players confidence that their premises are in fact Covid safe. As Covid becomes better controlled these precautions may be relaxed in accordance with Government rules. Meanwhile, all Clubs and players should comply with the Government's current rules and guidance on preventing the spread of COVID.

Current Government Guidelines:

Government guidelines represent the minimum requirement and MUST be adhered to.

Anyone showing symptoms of Covid or generally feeling unwell must not attend any bowls sessions.

The CLUB should:

1. Comply with all of the venue’s terms and conditions in relation to their Covid Risk Assessment. Only using the rooms made available, and the nominated chairs and tables as provided by the venue.

2. Keep a record of all players attending bowling sessions for the whole bowling season. (Track & Trace Register)

3. Notify both the venue’s Covid officer and the NHS, if any player, who has previously attended a bowling session, appears to have Covid symptoms or has tested positive for Covid.

4. Check that suitable materials are available to sanitise door handles, light switches, tables, chairs, taps, toilet flush if it is considered necessary.

5. Monitor this Covid Policy for developments and communicate these to members.

6. Try to ensure good ventilation at the venue, as far as is comfortable.

7. Sanitise equipment before and after use if deemed necessary.

8. Adhere to these guidelines which may change in line with the current situation.

9. Notify visitors of all guidelines which the venue have in place as “must do” such as No Go areas.

PLAYERS should:

1. Abide by Government Covid Policy at all times.

2. Keep socially distanced if that is the rule.

3. Not attend bowling if they are feeling unwell.

4. Bring own bowls and only use own bowls.

5. Use the hand sanitiser provided and wipe down all surfaces as required by the club.

6. Use the toilets one at a time and sanitise after use with bacterial spray if required.

7. Comply with Track & Trace Register if required to do so.

8. Notify someone immediately if they feel unwell.

9. Avoid handling other players woods.

10. Adhere to a one-way system if this is in place.

These guidelines do not constitute “Safe Bowls Status” as set out by the ESMBA but can be used as a template for clubs wishing to reassure both members and guests, that precautions are in place with their well being in mind.

The BSMBA undertakes to monitor Covid policy and update all clubs both as a service and to keep this document up to date and consistent.

Dated 27th May 2021