The Government (Department for Digital, Cultural, Media & Sport) published its full guidance on the return of outdoor sport and recreation, including lawn bowls, on 13th May. Bowls England issued bowls-specific guidance on 14th May.
The Government advised that clubs should only reopen or restart activities when they feel able to do so safely. The General Purposes Committee (GPC) held an online meeting to discuss this guidance and decided on 26th May that the club should reopen for limited bowling on 1st June, subject to some restrictions. They have produced some local instructions (see below) which all members should familiarize themselves with prior to commencing bowling.
Further to the above on 2nd June Bowls England issued supplementary guidance following the partial relaxation of restrictions by the Government 2nd June 2020: Covid-19 – Supplementary Guidance for Lawn Bowls Clubs
This means that with you now being able to meet up with up to five other people who are not from your own household that pairs and triples games can be played as long as social distancing regulations are observed.
Members must at all times whilst either playing or spectating adhere to the latest Government guidance.
Following additional guidance being promulgated by Bowls England on 2nd July 2020: Covid-19 Additional Guidance for Clubs the GPC held an outdoor meeting at the club on 4th July with most committee members present to discuss the possibility of a partial reopening of the club bar. After some discussion it was agreed that the bar would be open on the Club pairs days only and a limited selection of Cans & Bottles would be made available for purchase. Drinks will be served through the nearest window to the bar by a member of the bar staff to avoid members having to come into the clubhouse. No cash will be involved as each member on first purchase will be allocated a bar tab which will run until the end of the playing season in September. Each member will then be sent an email from the Treasurer stating the amount owed by them and requesting they make a bank transfer online into the clubs bank account.