CV19 Guidance

REDHILL BOWLING CLUB – Covid-19 GUIDELINES

Redhill Bowling Club re-opened the club site on 1st June for roll-up activities. Bowls England have provided guidance following the recent easement of the Covid-19 restrictions. We believe the recommendations provided form CLEAR GUIDANCE for all members who enter the club site.

It is essential that any member wishing to bowl reads these guidance notes thoroughly and adheres strictly to them when at RBC. The Club Directors recognise that the club has a Duty of Care for all members and believe that these guidelines provide a low risk environment for members to enjoy their sport on a recreational basis. It must be stressed that members participating in bowls at RBC under the current guidelines do so entirely at their own risk.

The notes below comprise the Bowls England guidance supplemented by the RBC specific guidance highlighted in red.

COVID-19 GUIDANCE UPDATE 18th JUNE

Following the Bowls England guidance update of 2nd June, the club specific guidance is amended as follows with effect from Monday 22nd June:

Players on a rink:

The maximum number of players on a single rink will be four and the maximum number of players excluding Green Steward/s and spectators will be twelve on the club site. Social distancing in line with Government guidelines must be observed.

Spectators:

Spectators are now allowed. However, their attendance must be in line with Government guidelines on social distancing. Our extensive green surrounds permit us to specify now a maximum attendance of twenty people on the green and surrounds at any one time.

Competitions:

Internal pairs or singles competitions are now permitted.

Social Distancing:

All references to two metre separation in the club guidelines will be deemed modified to align with updated Government guidelines.

1. Clubs – Summary of Recommended Action Bowls England recommends that all clubs follow the guidance below (the guidance may be adapted if necessary for your club, so long as it remains consistent with Government advice and social distancing requirements):

Play Arrangements

• Off-site booking system for rink allocation (i.e. Google Calendar). An online booking system is available on the club website. Booking times are: 2.30-3.30, 4.00-5.00, 6.00-7.00 on Monday to Friday with the exception of Thursday when the club will be closed all day. The club will not be open on Saturday or Sunday. Please note the booking deadlines as follows: 2.30 Booking stops at 8.30am / 4.00 Booking stops at 10am / 6.00 Booking stops at 12 noon.

• Minimum of 20 minutes between allocated time slots to enable players to arrive/depart safely. You should arrive no sooner than 15 minutes before the time you have booked a rink. This time slot is for you to change your shoes and sanitise the equipment. After 1 hour of play there is a further 15 minutes allowed to sanitise the equipment you have used and put it away, change your shoes and leave the Club to avoid contact with members arriving for the next session.

• Clubs to communicate in advance with players to advise on social distancing requirements that are being applied on arrival at the club – for example not leaving cars until a certain time before their allocated time slot. •

Only play on alternate rinks e.g. 1, 3, 5 OR 2, 4, 6 (keep an empty rink between rinks that are being played on). Upon arrival the Green Steward will allocate the playing rink.

• Maximum of six players on club premises at any one time (assuming average of two people per rink who are not from the same household). Clubs may wish to increase this number if more than two people from the same household are to participate on the same rink. The maximum number of players on a single rink will be two and the maximum number of players excluding the Green Steward/s will be six on the club site.

• No visitors/spectators to be admitted to the club • Capping the number of occasions a player can book a rink each week to ensure that the available capacity is distributed fairly. This will be reviewed on a regular basis.

Playing Formats

The following playing formats are 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 (no marker)

• Members of the same household on a single rink (no marker unless from same household) Social distancing rules must be strictly adhered to; you must remain at least two metres apart from other bowlers (who are not part of your household) at all times.

Clubhouse and Facilities

• Until further notice, all clubhouses must be closed. Except as noted below.

• Limited essential access (for example to use the toilets and hand washing facilities) may be allowed by the club. The club has sectioned areas within the clubhouse where you may access, please note the kitchen and bar areas are strictly out of use but the toilets and hand washing facility will be available.

Sanitiser must be available for cleaning hands and equipment before and after playing. Sanitiser will be provided in all areas of the club facility, this includes by the equipment store where players should adhere to good practice in cleaning equipment before and after use.

• No rubbish bins – players must take any rubbish away with them. It is the responsibility of each member to ensure they clear up their own rubbish and take with them. Social distancing rules must be strictly adhered to; you must remain at least two metres apart from other bowlers (who are not part of your household) at all times.

Equipment

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

• Mat

• Bowls

• Jack

• Rink markers

• Gloves

• Scorecards (these should be retained by one person only if required). Not required for roll-ups.

• Bowling arm/lifter (for use by one person only if required)

To minimise the risk of infection, any other equipment is not deemed essential equipment at this time and should not be utilised. The following should not be used:

• Scoreboards

• Bowls pushers

• Ditch markers

• 2m distance sticks

• Chalk

2. Players – Summary of Recommended Actions

Bowls England recommends that all players follow the guidance below (the guidance may be adapted if necessary to meet individual needs, so long as they remain consistent with Government advice and social distancing requirements):

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. You must not enter the club site if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms.

• Dress appropriately before you get to the club to avoid the need to change clothes – change shoes immediately before and after your game

• 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 15 minutes before your allocated booking time.

Personal care

• Avoid using toilets at the club wherever possible and clean anything you have touched after use. The toilets and hand washing facility will be available within the clubhouse. Wash hands in soapy water for 20 seconds and use the sanitiser provided on any surfaces you have contacted. Do not use the lockers. Take your bowls and shoes home with you at each visit.

• Take any food or drink you might need 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 should only play with people from your own household or by yourself or, as long as you stay two metres apart, with one other person from outside your household. Groups of more than two people must all be from the same household. This means you cannot have two or three people from one household plus one person from outside the household playing together. The maximum number of players on one rink is two.

• 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

• 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 finish playing, change your shoes and leave the club immediately – ensuring that you have sanitised all equipment used and that the club is secure (as applicable). Please ensure you sanitise all equipment you have used, do not expect the Green Steward to sanitise after you. Ensure you leave the club site no later than 15 minutes.