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Updated: 02 August 2020

On 13 May 2020 the Government relaxed the lockdown rules to allow limited bowling. In response Bowls England provided detailed guidance covering situations specific to the sport of lawn bowls and the following rules for the resumption of bowling at CWBC closely follow that guidance. It sets down the provisions the Club is making for the safety of bowlers and the responsibilities of bowlers themselves to comply with the Government’s advice.

The lockdown rules changed again on 03 June to allow groups of up to 6 people to meet outside, so the Steering Group will now allow pairs games to take place, with triples for the reduced NGL Men's league, which begins on 04 August. Please be assured that we will continue to operate in accordance with advice from Bowls England and the Government.

You must observe these guidelines when playing on the green.

Please be aware that during this period the Club will accept no liability in the event that a Member is infected by Covid-19 while at the Club. You attend at your own risk.

1.   Club’s Responsibilities

Arrangements for Play

  • The green will be available for play as follows:
    • Every weekday between 12.30pm and 8.00pm
    • Saturday between 2.00pm and 5.30pm
    • Each session will last for 90 minutes, with 30 minutes between allocated time slots to enable players to arrive and depart safely.
  • The Club has put in place a booking system for those who wish to play using the Club’s Google Calendar, which can be viewed from the Club’s website (you will need the password if you have not used this before). You will be able to view the times the green is available, which you can then book by calling/texting/e-mailing the following people: Andy Todd, Dave Simmons or Jill Whistler. Contact details can be found in the club phonebook.
  • You must book a session in advance to play. You will be able to book up to 2 weeks in advance with no restriction for now, though the committee may impose a limit on sessions if necessary.
  • You should not arrive at the club earlier than 10 minutes before your allocated session.
  • Play will take place on alternate rinks (either 1, 3, 5 or 2, 4, 6 as allocated by the booking system) so that there will be an empty rink between rinks in use.
  • Visitors and spectators are now allowed onto club premises, subject to the overall limit of 30 people gathering in one location and to observing social distancing.

Playing Formats

The following playing formats are permitted in accordance with Government guidelines:

  • Individuals playing bowls on their own on a single rink
  • Two individuals from two different households playing on a single rink with a marker from a 3rd household if required
  • Up to 4 players from different households on a single rink i.e. a pairs game

You must strictly adhere to social distancing rules at all times: stay at least two metres apart from other bowlers, who are not part of your household.

Clubhouse and Facilities

  • The clubhouse including changing rooms remains closed, except that you may now use the toilets if absolutely necessary (if door to green is open, use this, otherwise enter through front door and skittle alley). Please sanitise any surface you touch within the clubhouse and toilets before leaving - suitable products will be made available for you to do this.
  • Otherwise you should enter and leave the green through the side gate.
  • If you have left your bowls in the changing rooms and now wish to collect them, you should contact the Secretary to arrange a time to do so.
  • If you have your own hand sanitiser, please bring it with you to use as this is much safer for personal use. The Club will, however, provide hand sanitiser and disinfectant will be available beside the green to clean equipment before and after playing.
  • No rubbish bins to be used – players must take any rubbish they produce away with them.


To minimise the risk of infection, only essential items (as listed below) should be utilised during any session:

  • Mat
  • Bowls (you may only use your own bowls – do not touch anyone else’s bowls with your hands)
  • Rink markers (will be set up ready: you may not move these for any reason)
  • Gloves (if you wish to wear them)
  • If you are keeping score, scorecards should be handled by only one person
  • Bowling arm/lifter (for use by one person only if required)

All other equipment is not deemed essential at this time and should not be utilised. This includes:

  • Scoreboards
  • Bowls pushers
  • Ditch markers
  • 2m distance sticks
  • Chalk (if you really need to mark touchers, use spray chalk only)

Please use the roll-up mats and jacks in the box under the Pearson building. You must not use any equipment from the equipment shed for the time being.

2.   Players Responsibilities

The Club trusts all members to follow this guidance. However, club officers and committee members will be present from time to time and will ask members to leave the club if they observe members not complying with these rules. The Club may also exclude members from using the green, if they persistently ignore these rules.

In advance

  • Do not go to the club if you are experiencing any coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or any cold or flu-like symptoms, in particular a cough or a high temperature. Use the NHS 111 website or helpline and seek advice. For your own protection, follow the advice about self-isolation if you are or are living with, someone in one of the vulnerable groups
  • Dress appropriately before you get to the club to avoid the need to change clothes – change shoes beside the green immediately before and after your game. The Club’s dress code for casual roll-ups will apply for these sessions.
  • Travel to the green on your own or with members of your own household only – do not offer a lift to, or accept a lift from, anyone outside your household. Do not arrive more than 10 minutes before your allocated booking time.
  • You must be a paid-up Full or Social Plus member to take advantage of this scheme

Personal care

  • Take any food or drink you might need with you and take any rubbish away with you
  • Wash or sanitise your hands and sanitise any equipment (including bowls, jacks and mats) you use before and after you play – do not assume that the person before you has sanitised the equipment thoroughly
  • Sanitise padlocks, keys and door handles before and after use

Playing the game

  • You may play singles (with or without marker) or pairs games with people not in your household, as long as you remain 2 metres apart
  • Do not shake hands before, during or after a game
  • Do not ‘high-five‘ or ‘hug’ other players to celebrate shots or a win
  • Only one player should handle the mat during the session
  • Two jacks (one at each end) should be used and this should be set by one player only throughout the session (winner of end sets length). Alternatively you may use 2 jacks, one per player or pair, and roll the jack as usual (if playing pairs, only the lead bowler should touch the pair's jack)
  • If scoring:

o Social distancing rules must be strictly adhered to at all times

o Do not touch your opponents’ bowls with your hands

o Avoid measuring for shot/s

When you leave

  • When you have finished playing, please sanitise all equipment used, change your shoes and leave the club immediately.
  • Please make sure that the club is secure, if you are the last to leave.