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Access to Bowling Greens and Pavilions

Covid-19 Update

Bowling Greens will reopen to clubs only from Thursday 1 April.
Pavilions/changing rooms, (club houses) etc are to remain closed during this phase of re-opening and will be reviewed pending government guidance.

Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our customers and staff. We have developed the following guidelines for bowling greens, to ensure everyone can feel comfortable when they visit.

Before you visit:

You must stay at home if you:

  • Have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 10 days

  • Have been overseas or exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 10 days

  • Have flu-like symptoms or are feeling unwell

The advice for clinically vulnerable groups remains the same. If you are in this group you are advised to stay at home as much as possible and, if you do go out, take particular care to minimise contact with others outside your household. If you are living in a household with a possible COVID-19 infection or if you are classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds, the guidance is that you should remain at and exercise at home.

Frontline workers can play but should personally assess the risk of passing on infection and follow recommended NHS Guidelines.

On arrival:

  • Arrive and leave as close as possible to when you are due on the green

  • All bowlers must arrive to the bowling green in attire suitable for bowling, changing on the premises is not allowed

  • Bowlers are allowed only one bag and an umbrella at the green attended

  • Disinfectant spray must be available beside mat/jack boxes and between each game, all mats and jacks must be thoroughly cleaned by players before and after use

  • Players should, ideally, bring a small bottle of hand sanitizer with them and keep it in their pocket of bag for use

​​On the Green: 

To protect against infection:

  • Players must refrain from handshakes and high fives

  • Keep 2 metres away from other people at all times

  • Do not share food, towels and drinks

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or hand-sanitiser when available, before and after eating, after going to the toilet, sneezing and coughing

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes and dispose of any used tissue in your own bag and bring it home with you

  • Avoid touching your face

  • Keep your distance from people who are obviously sick

  • Try not to touch any surfaces, but if you do sanitise your hands as soon as possible

  • A player will not have control of the mat until the previous player is at least 2 metres from the mat

  • Each lead will have a jack and mat supplied to them by the club which should only be used by that lead. Mat should be carried up and down green by that lead

  • For casual roll ups consider placing the jack rather than delivering it

  • In the event of a foul jack or bowl that has left the rink or fallen into the ditch, the jack/bowl is to be removed by one designated player and placed on the bank using a cloth

  • Centring of the jack should be done by foot

  • Players must only use and touch their own bowls

  • When a count has been decided, bowls to be removed either by the owner of the bowls or by removing them by foot

  • Measuring will be done by one player on each rink predetermined by team captains

  • One designated player to keep the scoreboard updated. Ideally use scorecards rather than scoreboards

  • Maximum of 4 players on each rink. Alternate rinks should be used

  • Bowlers will travel up the green in the middle and utilise vacant rinks available for standing and walking up and down to the head. Should an adjacent rink be in use and players are walking to and back from the head, you must wait for them to stop before walking to the other end of the green

Leaving the Green: 

​Once play has finished players should leave the premises promptly and:

  • Hands should be washed and sanitised as soon as possible

  • Ensure equipment is cleaned thoroughly after use

  • If a player becomes unwell after playing, they should first contact their GP/NHS and then inform their Council

  • Players should be encouraged to remind other members of the guidelines, in a gentle way, when they witness poor practices. Repeated poor practice should be reported to the club as soon as possible

We want all bowlers to enjoy their visit, have fun and feel safe. So, we insist for everyone’s protection that our social distancing and personal hygiene rules are followed by everyone.

We promise to keep you fully posted on any changes to the above, in line with further advice from the government.

Before attending the Bowling Greens, we recommend that you read the guidance provided by the Irish Bowls Federation. 

Irish Bowls Federation COVID-19 Club Guidelines

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