COVID 19 Coronavirus Update – Access to the Bowling Green
As you will realise, the Club was required to close its premises and suspend its activities, including friendly matches, internal competitions and activity, as well as its social events and fundraising activities. This was in compliance with the instructions issued by the Government. As a result of some easing of restrictions and, taking into account the Guidance agreed between Bowls Scotland and the Scottish Government, the Club's Management Committee have introduced new measure to allow limited bowls activity. This will only be through prior booking (details below) made not less than 24 hours beforehand. The green will also only be open from 12 noon each day.
The Club Premises
1. Club premises (including toilets) will remain closed until further notice.
2. No club friendlies, internal competitions/club ties or external matches will take place whatsoever.
3. Players must comply with Scottish Government legislation and follow the guidance outlined in this letter.
4. No face-to-face club meetings will be held.
5. No alcohol consumption to take place before, during and after play at the club and all members should not to smoke/vape/use electronic cigarettes at the green.
6. No spectating will be allowed.
7. Apart from mats and jacks, all other equipment has been removed or cordoned off.
8. The club will provide cleaning of equipment, such as disinfectant, and mats and jacks must be cleaned before and after play.
9. Benches, ashtrays, and bins have been removed, covered or sign-posted so that members do not touch or use them.
10. The club will introduce a system for booking and allocation of rink times that ensures the safety of players. These are be set out in a section out below.
Guidance for Players:
1. Players who have COVID-19 symptoms or if anyone in their household who displays symptoms, those players should stay at home and follow NHS guidance. No one who is self-isolating should attend the club
2. Players who are at a higher risk i.e. have an underlying health condition, or are in the shielding category, should remain at home until Scottish Government guidelines change.
3. Players who are 70 and over can play but should follow Scottish Government guidelines to make their own decision about returning to the green - https://www.gov.scot/news/people-advised-to-limit-social-contact.
4. Players should go through the club’s booking system and not just turn up to the green to play.
5. Players should only play individually, with members of their own household or between members of two households involving no more than four players where social distancing can be maintained.
6. Players should not consume alcohol before, during or after play at the club and smoking at the green is discouraged.
7. Players must bring their own hand sanitiser and use this throughout play.
8. Players should not attempt to enter the club house as these facilities will remain closed. Players should not cluster within the club facility.
9. Players should follow the Guidance for Bowling Activity set out below.
10. Players travelling to bowling green should do so in line with the Scottish Government Travel/Transportation Guidelines E.g. It is permitted to travel short distances (approximately 5 miles) for outdoor leisure and exercise but advised to stay within a short distance of your local community and travel by walk, wheel and cycle where possible - www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others/pages/exercise/
1. The Club is instituting a booking system which will allocate 30 minutes between booking slots to minimise the number of players arriving and leaving at any one time and allow for any shared equipment to be sanitised.
2. Bookings can be requested using the dedicated email:
3 The rink booking system will ensure that there will be one rink space (an empty rink) between each rink in use. Only use the rink allocated to you.
4. No more than 4 people (1 Pairs Game) can play per rink at any one time and in accordance with Scottish Government requirements.
For each session the club will collect essential information for all players included in any booking, including emergency contact details
Arrival and Waiting to Play
1. The clubhouse and locker room facilities will remain closed.
2. Social distancing requirements remain in place on arrival at the club. Players must not arrive until 5 minutes before play and must stay outside the parameters of the club until it is safe to enter, and the previous players have left.
1. Players should use separate mats and jacks, however, if this is not possible, whichever player collects the mats and jack is responsible for all contact with the equipment before, during and after the game.
2. Mats and jacks will be stored in the locked cupboard at the eastern end of the old pavilion. The key to this will be housed in the key safe previously used for the locker room key. Please disinfect key and keysafe keypad before and after use.
3. Please ensure mats, jacks and disinfectant are returned and locked away after use.
4. Disinfectant spray will be made available by the club. Players must use the disinfectant spray after each game to cleanse all mats and jacks (ensure these are completely dry of disinfectant before use on the green again).
5. As a suggestion, jacks or mats can be set at short, medium or long by the same player after each end rather than rolling the jack down the rink for position.
6. A maximum of 4 people (1 Pairs Game) can play together.
7. The 2m social distancing rule must always be observed on and off the green.
8. Other bowls equipment cannot be shared between players (e.g. cloths, measures etc).
9. Players should always practice safe hygiene.
10. Players should not: i. Pick up any other player’s bowl;
ii. Share equipment outwith their rink- e.g. cloths, measures, etc;
iii. Moisten their hands with saliva before delivery;
iv. Shake hands, high-five or have any physical contact with other people on the green (out with their household)
1. Players must leave the premises immediately after conclusion of play, making sure they have sanitised the mats, jacks and their hands.