The first easing of lockdown restrictions was announced for 29 March - attached is notice from BE as agreed with DCMS link: return_to_play_step_one_260321_FINAL

The second easing was from 12 April - both BE and EIBA have published guidance:
BE link: return_to_play_step_two_090421_FINAL
EIBA link: return-to-indoor-bowls-guidance-version6

With the Government announcing that England will move to Step 2 of the road map out of the COVID-19 restrictions on Monday 12th April 2021.

This decision means that Indoor Clubs will be able to open but with the following conditions in place: -

• Only players from the same household / support bubble or an individual player permitted on a rink. They are not permitted to mix with other players on the green.

• Organised bowls activities for Under 18s or Disabled groups exempt from restrictions on participants per rink.

• Changing rooms / lockers can be used but players should be encouraged to avoid or minimise the use of this area, where possible.

• Face Coverings are to be worn when entering and moving around the club but can be removed when the player is on the rink.

• Coaching can take place but only on a 1:1 or single household basis.

• Club Shop can re-open.

• The Bar and restaurant are permitted to open but can only serve people, via table service outside. The rule of 6 will apply to people at any table.

• Ventilation in the club should be optimised to ensure a fresh air supply is provided to all areas of the facility being used.
• Every visitor over the age of 16 must scan the NHS QR code using their NHS COVID-19 app or provide their name and contact details, not just the lead member of the household, to support the NHS Test and Trace.

 Clubs should follow the EIBA’s Return to Indoor Bowls issue 6 Guidance in relation to hygiene and social distancing measures on and off the rink.

These procedures will remain in place until the Government announces that we can move to Step 3 of the Road Map, which will not be before Monday 17th May 2021.

Under Step 3 Indoor Bowls Clubs would be able to open under the rule of 6 individuals and provide indoor hospitality.

The EIBA will issue further guidance in relation to Step 3 when appropriate.


The third easing is expected from 17 May - watch this space

Iet is hoped that the final easing when life can (to whatever degree we can expect) is 21 June.  We an still expect clubs etc to take a certain amount of caution to preserve teh safety of members

Posted: Apr 13, 2021

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