Next Meeting: AM on Monday November 9th at 7:30pm at North Chadd

Please be aware that the latest guidance has been issued by BCGBA as an extension to what has been announced by the government

Following the latest government guidelines for Greater Manchester please note the following.
For the full guidelines clink on the link below.
Affected local areas
  • Greater Manchester:
  • City of Manchester
    Trafford
    Stockport
    Oldham
    Bury
    Wigan
    Bolton
    Tameside
    Rochdale
    Salford
  • Lancashire:
  • Blackburn with Darwen
    Burnley
    Hyndburn
    Pendle
    Rossendale
  • West Yorkshire:
  • Bradford
    Calderdale
    Kirklees

SOCIAL CONTACT

If you live in one of the affected areas, in order to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, you should not:
  • meet people you do not live with inside a private home or garden, except where you have formed a support bubble (or for other limited exemptions to be specified in the law)
  • visit someone else’s home or garden even if they live outside of the affected areas
  • socialize with people you do not live within other indoor public venues – such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centers, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions. You may attend these venues with people you live with (or are in a support bubble with), but should avoid interaction with individuals or groups from other households. If you run such a business or organization, you should take steps to ensure people do not interact with people they do not live with, in line with COVID-19 secure guidance

CAN I STILL MEET PEOPLE OUTDOORS?

In line with the national guidance, you can continue to meet in public outdoor spaces in groups of no more than 6 people, unless the group includes only people from 2 households. You cannot meet people you do not live with in a private garden.
At all times, you should socially distance from people you do not live with – unless they are in your support bubble.
Following our submission, to the Department of Sport, the following is now permitted as long as all Social distancing rules and bubble rules are followed. We have had to clarify the compliance with a maximum of 30 and bubble size of 6
Interclub friendlies up to a maximum of 12 singles games (maximum of 30 in the gathering)
This would also allow 6 doubles games etc.
League matches following social distancing as above.
Open Competitions / competitions
To comply with the social distancing the maximum rounds that could be played on a single day is 4, this would mean a total of 6 in the bubble assuming all other social distancing is maintained. In practice, this would allow up to 16 (groups of) playing down to 4 with a finals day on a later day. (Singles)
To run an open competition the dates would need to be agreed in the normal way with the county secretary and an action plan completed to ensure the COVID issued have been addressed.
Hopefully, this will allow wider participation for those who want to organize matches. Each League will need to assess what they intend to do for the rest of the season
Following our submission, to the Department of Sport, the following is now permitted as long as all Social distancing rules and bubble rules are followed. We have had to clarify the compliance with a maximum of 30 and bubble size of 6
Interclub friendlies up to a maximum of 12 singles games (maximum of 30 in the gathering)
This would also allow 6 doubles games etc.
League matches following social distancing as above.
Open Competitions / competitions
To comply with the social distancing the maximum rounds that could be played on a single day is 4, this would mean a total of 6 in the bubble assuming all other social distancing is maintained. In practice, this would allow up to 16 (groups of) playing down to 4 with a finals day on a later day. (Singles)
To run an open competition the dates would need to be agreed in the normal way with the county secretary and an action plan completed to ensure the COVID issued have been addressed.
Hopefully, this will allow wider participation for those who want to organize matches. Each League will need to assess what they intend to do for the rest of the season.

From tomorrow 11th July all clubs affiliated to Greater Manchester will be allowed 30 people including players on the green at there venue, The number of players on the green will be determined by the club after doing a risk assessment to ensure that all their members can maintain the social distancing guidelines, all other measurers issued previously are still in place, only club members are allowed to play & club comps are allowed but no competitive games with other clubs are to take place until the BCGBA has issued its next update. Further updates will follow shortly.

The detailed article can be downloaded HERE, but these are the summary points:

  • The government has advised that bowling greens and other similar venues that allow singular sport can open from Wednesday, May 13th
  • BCGBA has advised that during this phase only 6 people are permitted on the green at a time
  • A club schedule of attendance (names, dates & times of attendance must be recorded) should be produced to ensure limited attendance and to allow tracking should the eventuality arise
  • Club to appoint a central contact for recording
  • Only club members allowed on the green
  • Ensure that your insurance cover is up to date
  • CLUB BY CLUB ASSESSMENT IS REQUIRED - each situation may be different and your club may not support the process
  • Club buildings and toilets to remain closed.

Current Government advice is that bowling greens can open from Monday 1st June 2020 

This Guidance is for English clubs only (at present) Recommendations to consider before opening your green 

  • Please be aware that this revised guidance is based on the announcements on Thursday, additional changes announced today will be reviewed as soon as we get the full updated guidance 
  • The maximum allowed to socially gather is 6 people – this is the maximum allowed at a green and includes anyone at the side of the green 
  • Test and Trace guidance should be followed if a case is identified and within your club and NHS111 guidance followed in terms of self-isolation (7 or 14 days as directed) 
  • We have one club where a member has tested positive this afternoon 30/5/2020 
  • Be aware that not following the guidance puts your club at risk and potential fines can be imposed by the police for non-compliance 

This notice can be revised at any time should circumstances change

STAY ALERT – CONTROL THE VIRUS – SAVES LIVES 

Phase 2 • Limited Green Opening, Exercise and Practice (Full Social distancing must be maintained 2 metres distance) 

  • During Phase 2 a maximum of 6 people allowed on the green at any one time 
  • Groups should be limited to a maximum of 3 groups (total of 6 people) 
  • Example 1 family group of 3 and 1 group of 2 
  • Example 2 Family group of 3 plus one from outside family group, one other group of 2 (Maximum 6 people) 
  • Groups should maintain social distancing and keep up to 4 metres between groups to allow for social distancing between groups. 
  • Club Schedule of Attendance (names, dates & times must be recorded) produced to ensure limited attendance should be maintained (record of green availability should be maintained) 
  • Club to appoint a central contact (To enable track and trace records should this be required) 
  • Only Club members allowed on a Green 
  • Ensure that your insurance cover is up to date, Endsleigh Cover is dependant on membership of BCGBA (club fee £35.00)
  • Each Club will have to make their own assessment of the safety in opening your green 

    • Arrangements should be made to manage the social distancing and all other hygiene procedures 
    • You will need to ensure you have your landlord’s permission to open the green if this applies 
    • The maintenance schedule will need to be reviewed to ensure green is available for play prior to opening 
    • Club Buildings and toilets can open see separate guidance sheet – limited opening 

    This Action Plan/ Risk Assessment should be used in conjunction with advice from the Government and is intended as a guide to clubs to safely consider all the risks associated with reopening your green. This does not override your landlords right to keep the green closed 

    Current Government advice is that bowling greens can open from Monday 1st June 2020 

    This Guidance is for English clubs only (at present) Recommendations to consider before opening your green 

    Be aware that this guidance could change at any point and could be withdrawn if the risk level increases 

    Crown Green Bowls - The Opening of Greens GUIDANCE FOR INDIVIDUALS: 

    • Only use your equipment brought from home (jacks, mats, bowls, etc.) 
    • Sterilize equipment before and after use 
    • Keep strict social distancing measures in place - you must remain at a safe distance (2 metres) from people outside of your household. 
    • Follow strong hygiene practices at every opportunity - wash your hands when you get home 
    • You must have permission from your club to use the green 
    • Your club will have an agreed process for you to agree a time for you to access the green 
    • Once you have completed your session, please depart as soon as you safely can to enable others to access the green. 
    • You may only play on the green if you are a member of the club 
    • Limited access to clubhouse, walkways, and toilets. Ensure risk assessment and notices are displayed on hygiene and handwashing. DO NOT 
    • Do not use club equipment, • Do not organize any competitive bowls. • Do not turn up at the green without prior agreement from your club THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:
  •  Being careful about touching solid surfaces e.g. gates, seating, doors, etc. 

    • Wash your hands as soon as you get home, avoid touching your face and take hand sanitizer with you to use while out if possible NOTE FOR CLUBS: 
    • Your Club must have written authority from the landlords of the green that you can gain access to the green under the strict guidelines laid out in this document and then follow all guidelines. • It is the clubs’ responsibility to decide if your facility is open. • Please check that your insurance is valid 
    • You must have a clear process for knowing who Is playing at the green, make this as clear as you can for your club members to understand and abide by. 
    • Please place a sign in clear view of all visitors of the guidelines set out above. 
    • Do not use the clubhouse and any toilet facilities connected with the Club, ensuring there is clear signage to state this 
    • Do not use club equipment 
    • Do not organize any competitive bowls - No Competition’s, Leagues Matches, or Tournaments 
    • Only Club Members will be allowed on your Green. 

    This Action Plan/ Risk Assessment should be used in conjunction with advice from the Government and is intended as a guide to clubs to safely consider all the risks associated with reopening your green. This does not override your landlords right to keep the green closed 

    Current Government advice is that bowling greens can open from Monday 1st June 2020 

    This Guidance is for English clubs only (at present) Recommendations to consider before opening your green 

    Green opening plan – Club Risk Assessment - post coronavirus (Some points for consideration). 

    Date of risk review.............................. Compiled by.................. Date............. Green opening plan – post coronavirus Reviewed by.................. Date............. 

    Risk (from risk Actions to treat risk Person Timetable for Monitoring of risk assessment) responsible implementation 

    Social distancing 

    This Action Plan/ Risk Assessment should be used in conjunction with advice from the Government and is intended as a guide to clubs to safely consider all the risks associated with reopening your green. This does not override your landlords right to keep the green closed 

    4 Only partake in such activities alone, with members of your household, or with one other person from outside your household, while practicing social distancing Clubs/ Committee To Be Agreed with All Players 

    Equipment 

    Players should bring their own equipment, bowls, jacks, and mat where possible. This should avoid intergroup contact. Equipment should be cleaned prior to and after a session. Clubs/ Committee To Be Agreed to All Players 

    Juniors Under 18’s should only play within a household group, maximum of 3 people plus one other. Clubs/ Committee To Be Agreed 

    Family Groups 

    Family groups can play together but should minimize potential contact with any other group on the green. (Single Household) plus one other. Clubs/ Committee To Be Agreed to All Players 

    Over 70’s 

    This group has additional risks due to the nature of the virus and additional conditions should be adopted to keep everyone safe. Clubs/ Committee To Be Agreed to All Players 

    Opening of buildings 

    Risks should be assessed once permission is agreed to open club facilities. The opening of toilets will need to be assessed separately along with facilities for handwashing and cleaning. Clubs/ Committee To Be Agreed Club Committee 

    Current Government advice is that bowling greens can open from Monday 1st June 2020 

    This Guidance is for English clubs only (at present) Recommendations to consider before opening your green 

    Risk (from risk 

    Monitoring of risk assessment) Actions to treat risk 

    Spectators / Markers 

    This Action Plan/ Risk Assessment should be used in conjunction with advice from the Government and is intended as a guide to clubs to safely consider all the risks associated with reopening your green. This does not override your landlords right to keep the green closed 

    5 As there is no competition no spectators or markers permitted Clubs/ Committee To be agreed

    Use additional boxes to record any local issue that may relate you to your green 

    Person responsible 

    Timetable for implementation 

    Current Government advice is that bowling greens can open from Monday 1st June 2020 

    This Guidance is for English clubs only (at present) Recommendations to consider before opening your green

  • Following the update guidance issued this week 23rd June 2020, there is currently little difference to updates issued with a few minor additions. The key to opening is that records are available if track and trace require information on who has attended the green. Booking or attendance lists with contact details required. Some other minor changes have been included. 

    ALL PREVIOUS SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDANCE AND ADVICE REMAINS IN FORCE 

    • Social distancing 2 metres or 1 metre plus mitigation (this would require additional measures such as face coverings to allow 1 metre, and/or ensuring good hygiene and cleaning is maintained as all times)
    • Maximum of 6 people allowed on or around the green at any one time (see family groups below) 
    • Multi Green venues permitted with maximum 6 each green provided groups are separated and entrance and exits routes are displayed to avoid cross-contact between groups 
    • Players should maintain social distancing and keep up to 4 metres between groups to allow for social distancing between groups 
    • Club Schedule of Attendance (names, dates & times must be recorded) produced to ensure limited attendance should be maintained. Club contact records telephone numbers and email contacts collected 
    • Arrangements should be made to manage the social distancing and all other hygiene procedures 
    • Club Buildings and toilets can open see separate guidance sheet/risk assessment (Phase 2) – limited opening 
    • Family groups – 2 family groups can meet up of any size, but all other guidance applies on social distancing. 
    • Common sense applies. Players take responsibility for their own actions. 
    • Ensure that your insurance cover is up to date, Endsleigh Cover is dependent on membership of BCGBA (club fee £35.00 has been paid) 
    • Club Competitions, single’s and pairs
      • Club Competition organisers should be aware of the issues regarding Covid19 guidance* 
      • Only Club members allowed. (External bowlers not permitted) 
      • Paperwork* and risk assessment* completed and a copy forwarded to County Secretary2
      • *The Club Secretary and or Chairman to sign the COVID Competition action plan/risk assessment detailing how the competition will be run safely and within the current social distancing arrangements. All competition administrators to sign that they understand the action plan to ensure they fully understand the regulations. 

      Be aware that this guidance could change at any point and could be withdrawn if the risk level increases 

      Phase 2a Green Opening June 27th, 2020 

      Equipment 

      YOU ARE NOW ABLE TO USE CLUB COMMUNAL EQUIPMENT HOWEVER A STRICT CLEANING 

      PLAN SHOULD BE DISPLAYED AND BE CLEAR TO ALL PLAYERS. 

      • EQUIPMENT TO BE DISINFECTED/CLEANED BEFORE AND AFTER EACH GAME IS COMPLETED IE. JACKS AND MATS. 
      • SHAKING OF HANDS – USE APPROPRIATE ALTERNATIVE METHODS. ie. elbows, thumbs up, etc. 
      • Follow strong hygiene practices at every opportunity - wash your hands when you get home 
      • Once you have completed your session, please depart as soon as you safely can to enable others to access the green. 
      • Limited access to clubhouse, walkways, and toilets. Ensure risk assessment and notices are displayed on 

      hygiene and handwashing No spectators permitted other than internal competition organizers and card markers (total 6 persons currently) THINGS TO THINK ABOUT: 

      • Being careful about touching solid surfaces e.g. gates, seating, doors, etc. 
      • Wash your hands as soon as you get home, avoid touching your face and take hand sanitizer with you to use while out 
      if possible NOTE FOR CLUBS:
    • You must have a clear process for knowing who Is playing at the green, make this as clear as you can for your club 

      members to understand and abide by. 

      • Please place a sign in clear view of all visitors of the guidelines set out above. 

      Shared Public greens – ensure you have an attendance list of your club members who have attended should this information be required. You are only responsible for your club member's information. 

      OPEN COMPETITIONS ARE NOT PERMITTED DUE TO THE CONSTRAINTS & REGULATIONS ON TESTING WHICH APPLY TO ELITE SPORTS**. 

      **ELITE SPORT IS LIMITED TO PROFESSIONAL SPORT COMPETITIONS 

      WE STILL AWAIT GUIDANCE ON THE OPENING OF COMMUNITY LEVEL SPORT WHICH WILL DICTATE IF WE CAN ALLOW COMPETITION BETWEEN CLUBS.

The key criteria appear to be.

Clubs should not provide mats, jacks, tapes, etc - these must be provided by the individual who is exercising

No competitive bowling to take place - no club comps, league comps, etc.

The document is stating that it is very much the responsibility of each club to determine whether or not to open their facility. GMCCGBA sentiment is that we should stay home and stay safe - we'd rather everyone not send a bowl this year if that means that as many as possible may do so next year. The guidance on the link above has a club risk assessment form and points of consideration. Ultimately, please respect the decision made by your club.

We recognize that each club is different - from parks, greens to greens that are part of a larger sporting facility - as such, the ability to provide bowling is a different assessment for each club. We must ask you to err on the side of caution when carrying out these assessments; any undue pressure put on individuals to open the green is completely out of order and should be reported to your club's safeguarding officer.

Stay safe everyone.

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