'Return to Play Guidelines' 26th March 21

Please see latest informational received from Bowls England today 26th March - which they have indicated will be sent by Bowls England to all Clubs.

Whilst it does not tell us - when - we will be able to play with six rinks of Four players each side, it does state that we can use THREE RINKS of Fours - total of 24 players on a green so we can from 29 March - actually play Fours!!
NB: Clubs MUST however, be aware that the ability to take such actions as detailed in this ‘roadmap’ as set out by Bowls England, are only applicable to clubs that are 'affiliated to the County and to Bowls England’, as only these clubs are now classified as ‘organised sport’. Please read the regulations thoroughly. Clubs - SHOULD NOT BE PLAYING AGAINST - any club that is not affiliated to the County Organisation (or an adjacent local County) - as any such 'non affiliated club' is not considered as part of ‘organised sport’ under these guidelines and your club would therefore I believe, be committing an offence by going outside of the rule of 6 which is currently applicable! These exceptions to that rule of 6 - ARE ONLY APPLICABLE TO ‘affiliated clubs’ under the classifIcation of ‘organised sport’. Clubs should be aware that there are several clubs within this and neighbouring counties, that are not affiliated to their County Association. I am not currently aware as to whether this will change or not after 12 April, but clubs should always be wary of playing against 'non affiliated clubs' as their insurance standards may not be up to those required of an affiliated club.
Step 1: Monday 29 March – Key point
From Monday 29 March until Step 2, the following applies to outdoor lawn bowls
Lawn bowls may resume;
Play is permitted in accordance with the guidelines in the Table below – this is for Step 1only and will be reviewed as the restrictions are eased by government;
Clubs are advised to implement a pre-booking system in order to manage attendance at the club, and to ensure adequate time between booked sessions;
Travel to participate in bowls is permitted but you are advised to ‘stay local’ wherever possible;
Spectators are not permitted at Step 1 – only those who are participating or required to be on site to manage a session should be in attendance (exceptions apply for people with disabilities, or adults needed to supervise under-18s in a safeguarding role)
Bowls coaching and other curriculum-based activity is permitted;
Greens maintenance is permitted.
Format of Play

Singles – Use of every rink and marker permitted if required
Pairs – Use of every rink
Triples – Play on alternate rinks

Fours – Play on alternate rinks

The ‘rule of six’ applies OR two households

Organised sport Informal activity.
Any ombination of formats may be played under the ‘organised sport’ exemption, however the maximum number of participants on a six-rink outdoor green at any one time should not exceed 24. Clubs with less or additional rink capacity may amend figures accordingly (average four people per rink) so long as they deem it to be safe.

This is surely good news to start with!! Looking at the end of the guidance and ‘future’, we are not likely to be playing bowls before the next stage which is 12th April and we may well be in a much better position after that date and there may be greater likelihood of a return to normal - after 17 May!!!

See full information from Bowls England as below!
Rod McBeth
Rod McBeth
County Secretary - Mens Section
From: Alistair Hollis [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: 26 March 2021 12:03
To: Kathy Flood - Sussex County Administrator and County Authorised Rep
Subject: Bowls England - Return to Play Guidance (Step One)
Hi Kathy,
Trust you are well and looking forward to the weekend.
The return of sport and physical activity is vital to the physical and mental health of the nation, and we know our sport has a big role to play in providing an opportunity for outdoor activity as the lockdown restrictions ease.
The government’s roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions in England consists of four steps, and lawn bowls as an outdoor sport may resume from Monday 29th March (Step 1).
DCMS published its guidance for sport on Wednesday, and we are pleased to be able to share with you our ‘return to play’ guidance, which includes a comprehensive FAQ section. We shall be publishing this on our website and social channels at 3pm today. We will also circulate this information directly to all affiliated clubs.
We have also produced a risk assessment template that clubs can utilise to assist them in re-opening safely, and will circulate further information next week on the support available through our ‘Back to Bowls’ work in conjunction with the Bowls Development Alliance.
Please note that the guidance covers the period up until Step Two, when we expect restrictions to be eased further.
Best wishes
Alistair Hollis
Head of Sport Development

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