Last Updated 9.30am on Friday 22nd May 2020
- Are Bowls Scotland recommending people go back to Bowls?
The Scottish Government or Bowls Scotland are not forcing clubs to re-open or any of our members to play bowls. If your club has the correct safety procedures in place and follows the information detailed in the Guidance document and as an individual you feel safe and have a desire to return to the bowling green, you can do so
- Am I allowed to play against someone from outside my household?
Yes. Bowling activity can resume but should ONLY include practice individually or games with members of your own household or between members of two households where social distancing guidance can be followed.
- Are there any age or health restrictions for getting on the green?
If a player is at a higher risk and have health issues (those aged over 70 and/or those with chronic medical conditions or compromised immune systems), they should remain at home until Scottish Government guidelines change
- I have a disability and require support; how can I return to the green?
Players who require additional help must be provided by a member of their own household unless the 2m social distancing measure can be met by a carer/helper out with their own household. Disability aids and wheelchairs must be sanitised before and after each session. If club equipment is to be used, prior permission along with instructions for use must be obtained
- I am classed as high risk; can I go and play bowls?
If you are at a higher risk and have health issues (those aged over 70 and/or those with chronic medical conditions or compromised immune systems), you should remain at home until Scottish Government guidelines change
- I do not want to bowl this season due to virus, can club force me to pay membership?
All clubs will require funds to continue to stay open, therefore we encourage you to continue to pay your membership fee if you can, even if you do not intend to play
- Can we run competitions and our club champs if we follow social distancing?
No. No club friendlies, internal competitions/club ties or external matches should take place at this time
Preparing for Play & Facility Considerations:
- How do clubs contact members about playing including those who do not have online access and organise playing time?
Clubs should use the appropriate method of communication for their members, whether this is via social media, club website, email or by phoning members. Whatever the method of communication, a booking system and log should be implemented to ensure a log of attendance at the green is in place. This will support contact tracing, if required. A booking template is available on the Bowls Scotland website
- How often should mats and jacks be cleaned?
Disinfectant spray must 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).
Mats and jacks should be cleaned additionally at the end of the day and before the start of sessions the following morning
- Are there any insurance implications with opening, even though we know the virus is still in society?
Clubs should check with their insurance company that the correct and full cover is in place before any play can take place
- Can we open our bar if we deliver drinks to the green?
No. All club houses should remain closed and as a result clubs cannot provide any drinks. Players should not bring or consume alcohol before, during or after play at the club
- Should we monitor player compliance at the green?
Clubs need to do what works for them and their environment. This might be having a club volunteer oversee sessions or a trust policy in place and encouraging members to be vigilant and take responsibility
- What is the recommended gap between sessions to allow a safe change over?
Clubs should allocate a minimum of 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 by those finishing play and for those arriving prior to commencing their session
- How do we hold a committee meeting to discuss this and other matters?
Clubs should continue to host meetings online, by phone or email and not meet face to face. Bowls Scotland has advice on online platforms, please contact your National Development Officer for more information
- The committee do not want to open the club, however members still want to play?
It is entirely up to club if they open or not, there is no urgency to return to the green. We understand that members might want to get back to bowling as soon as possible so we would ask clubs to keep communicating with their members and encourage them to be patient and understand your decision not to open. In time when restrictions are lifted, this may make it easier for both clubs and players to get back on the green
- Our club has only one entry and exit how can we structure how people access/leave the green?
Clubs should look at the template on Green Layout which outlines additional support in this area. Clubs should consider how to support any player with mobility issues
- Should benches and bins still be used around the green?
Benches, ashtrays, and bins to be removed, covered or sign-posted in such a way that members do not touch or use them
- How do players clean hands prior to play if access to clubhouse is not permitted?
Players should bring their own hand sanitiser and use this throughout play
- Will first aid cover be available at the club?
Clubs will require to conduct a risk assessment and inform all those who wish to play that there will be limited or no first aid available. Clubs should ensure they have players emergency contact details
- How do members get their bowls if they are in the locker?
The clubhouse and locker room facilities will remain closed and should not be accessed/used by players. Limited essential access for example to remove bowls and shoes etc may be allowed by the club and should be coordinated appropriately e.g. if the key holder looking after the facility placed the items outside for collection, but clubs should risk assess and ensure appropriate measures in place
- Are we allowed to have potential new members play?
It is entirely up to clubs. It is quite feasible that there may be non-members from your local community that wish to use bowls as part of their daily/weekly exercise. If new members want to participate then this may be an opportunity to introduce them to bowls as long as guidelines are followed
- What other checks should we do prior to opening?
Please see the general guidance for bowling activity on our website which includes templates and additional information
- If we have any questions about opening, who do we contact?
Firstly, please ensure you have read all the guidance and FAQs as these might be able to answer any questions you may have. However, if you still require assistance, please contact our National Development Officers can support with any additional questions you may have: