Bowls England Update for Clubs – Good and Bad News for Outdoor Bowls at Cambridge Park

Good that bowling is allowed from Monday but not so good for those of us whose greens aren’t opening until the end of April but we only have another 4 weeks to wait!  In the meantime, if you would like to order a Club Centenary Polo Shirt or Fleece, please contact Norman.

GET YOURSELVES READY – BOWLS IS BACK!  

26th March, 2021 by Matt Wordingham

Lawn bowls as an outdoor sport may resume from Monday 29th March (Step 1), as part of the government’s roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions in England.

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 guidance we have developed below for our affiliated clubs supplements the Government guidance by covering situations specific to the sport of lawn bowls:

Step 1: Monday 29 March – Key points
From Monday 29 March until Step 2, the following applies to outdoor lawn bowls:
• Lawn bowls may resume (although the Cambridge Park green won’t be open until the end of April)
• Play is permitted in accordance with the guidelines in the Table below – this is for Step 1
only 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

The future
Step 2 (Monday 12 April at the earliest)
• Outdoor catering/hospitality will be permitted
• Changing rooms can open
• Travel restrictions eased
Step 3 (Monday 17 May at the earliest)
• Larger groups able to gather at clubs
• Inside catering permitted with restrictions
• Overnight stays allowed (but you can’t sleep in the CP clubhouse! )
Step 4 (Monday 21 June at the earliest)
• All restrictions are expected to be lifted
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS OUR CURRENT EXPECTIATION BASED UPON THE GOVERNMENT ROADMAP BUT
NOT OFFICIAL GUIDANCE.

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