Bowlers around the state have been given the go ahead for a practice roll, but only under strict precautions.
Following last week’s announcement that 10 or less people can now gather outdoors for recreation, Bowls Victoria discussed with Sport and Recreation Victoria, Vic Sport and Bowls Australia how to best manage a return to the green.
Bowls Victoria has advised that from now until May 31 clubs are permitted to have 10 people maximum per green, including a coach and a maximum of four bowlers per rink at any one time.
Social distancing must be enforced with 1.5 metres distance between all people and there mustn’t be any competition, only practice is currently allowed.
Good hygiene practices relating to bowls include; no high fives, shaking hands or contact, no handling other peoples bowls, washing hands before and after play, all mats and jacks must be sanitised before use and try not to pick up jacks and instead push it along with your foot where appropriate.
Bowls Victoria’s guidelines encourage members in a high-risk category, such as those over the age of 70 and those with existing health conditions, to consider whether they should be participating yet. It also mandates that clubs should keep a strict list of who attends the club and at what times to help with contact tracing if required.
For more on this story see Page 19 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, May 19