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COVID-19 Guidelines for Safe Play

Entering and Leaving the Premises

  • Under no circumstances should players arrive at the club to play without booking or scheduled league fixture.
  • Self-scanning thermometers are installed in the entrance, we ask that you use these on entry and do not enter the club if you fail your check.
  • A register of attendees will be kept, just in case a communicable illness was to occur.
  • If players are from a visiting club all names must be recorded.
  • Players should not arrive more than 15 minutes before booked time. Only one player from each team should report to the office on arrival to pay and register players.
  • Payment should be made via contactless payment where possible.
  • Both greens shall operate a one-way system. Where space is restricted, let others pass first, always maintaining a 2 metre gap.
  • Players should check their designated rink of play before arrival and follow the designated route on entry to the premises.
  • Players must leave immediately at the conclusion of playing time.

Club Responsibilities

  • The club will prepare the green for play, delivering equipment to the playing rinks with hygiene in mind and disinfected for safe use by bowlers. After the session, equipment will be disinfected again in preparation for the next session.
  • Hand sanitiser will be made available to all bowlers.

Player Responsibilities

Player Health

  • All players who have tested positive or in isolation for Covid-19 or are living in the same household with a Covid-19 positive person should adhere to the following:
    • If you are unwell or have symptoms stay at home
    • If you have tested positive and are in self isolation you may not return to bowling for a minimum of 14 days, as per NI Government guidelines;
    • or until you have returned a negative test and are symptom free, as per NI Government guidelines
    • If you are living in the same household with a Covid-19 positive person, you must also follow (ii), as per NI Government guidelines. If you are in a clinically vulnerable group you are advised to stay at home as much as possible and, if you do go out, take particular care to minimise contact with others outside your household. If you are living in a household with a possible COVID-19 infection or if you are classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds, the guidance is that you should remain at and exercise at home.
    • Players who have symptoms should notify the club, if they were due to play, and start self-isolation for 14 days or until a negative test is returned and they are symptom free, whichever is the least amount of time.
    • Players who travel to and from the bowling club must be independent from other non-household participants unless social distancing can be maintained.
  • All players should practice safe hygiene at all times, including washing hands for at least 20 seconds before and after bowls.
  • Pre-game and post-game handshakes and other gestures that involve contact with other bowlers are not allowed.

Attire and Equipment

  • The changing rooms will be closed.  Members will be allowed one-time access to retrieve their bowls and shoes if needed, but must take them away with them when they leave.
  • All bowlers must arrive to the bowling green in attire suitable for bowling, changing on the premises is not allowed, except footwear which must not be worn from the car park.
  • Bowlers are asked to keep their personal belongings to a minimum.
  • All equipment to be used i.e. measures etc. should be disinfected before being used.
  • The wearing of face coverings by all members and visitors whilst bowling is optional, but we do recommend you wear a face covering when entering and leaving the premises.

On the Green

Mat, Jack, Bowls and Scoreboard

  • A fixed mat placement will be marked on the green, in front of the 2 metre 'T'.
  • Spray chalk to be the only way to mark bowls that have made contact with the jack.
  • A player will not have control of the mat until the previous player is at least 2 metres from the mat.
  • Each lead will have a jack supplied on each rink which should only be used by that lead. Jacks should be left on the rink at the conclusion of play for staff to sanitise before the next session.
  • In the event of a foul jack or bowl that has left the rink or fallen into the ditch, the jack/bowl is to be removed by one designated player and placed on the bank using a cloth.
  • Centring of the jack should be done by foot.
  • Players must only use and touch their own bowls.
  • When a count has been decided, bowls to be removed either by the owner of the bowls or by removing them by foot.
  • All bowlers must have a cloth with disinfectant/sanitiser to apply to each bowl and jack before each game.
  • Measuring will be done by one predetermined player on each rink.
  • One designated player to keep the scorecards – scoreboards will not be used.

General Social Distancing Guidelines

  • Each bowler will remain at all times at least two metres from all other bowlers, with outer rinks and bank space to be utilised in doing so.
  • When changing ends, players are asked to keep to the left hand side of the rink and maintain social distancing guidelines.


  • Spectators are not allowed unless the adherence of appropriate social distancing can be practiced.
  • On entering the club, all spectators must report to the office and give your name & contact number for the NHS track and trace. This information will be used for this purpose only.
  • It is recommended that spectators avail of the viewing area at the bar to help maintain social distancing guidelines.

These rules may be amended at any time as the current situation evolves.

Last updated: 20th September 2020