Return to Play Update BCGBA

Your committee has been monitoring the emerging guidance from the British Crown Green Bowling Association following the government announcement about the roadmap out of Covid 19 regulations. You will see from the official BCGBA announcements below that they are still awaiting specific guidance from the government on the rules under which we will be able to open for play.
We know that we will be able to return to play in April, however with the information we have now the only assumption we can safely make is that the rules will be the same as when we were last open. The government’s mantra has been that decisions will be driven by “data not dates” so our hope is that the transmission rate will keep falling, restrictions will ease and we will able to run the club closer to how it has been in more normal times.
Be assured that we will continue to keep abreast of developments and act quickly to get members on the green as soon as possible
3rd March 2021

We have today received an update from Sport England on the easing of restrictions on organised grassroot outdoor sports, scheduled to resume on March 29th.They are still waiting for the overarching guidance from the Cabinet Office and the sport specific guidance that is likely to be released ahead of 29th March.   Unfortunately, they do not expect a more specific sport/activity related guidance to be released for a couple of weeks.

In the interim period, all social distancing rules should remain with the rule of 6 and/or the two family group guidelines to be followed, as was documented in the government’s guidelines. Whilst we appreciate that this may not be ideal, please be assured that we will signpost any relevant government information and guidance as soon we receive it.

Extract from statement on 22nd February 2021
Today’s roadmap for the easing of lockdown restrictions enables BCGBA, counties and affiliated clubs to prepare with confidence for the 2021 outdoor season. The Prime Minister’s announcement confirmed that outdoor affiliated bowls clubs will be able to open from 29th March.
Our overriding objective is for as many bowlers as possible to enjoy our sport in a safe manner this summer. Bowls is a naturally socially-distanced, non-contact activity and plays a key role in the mental and physical health of many across the country.  The positive prospects for the new season provides a great boost to bowlers and the sport in general.
Whilst the overwhelming majority of existing bowlers are eager to start playing and are likely to have received their first vaccine, we understand there is a degree of nervousness about returning to the sport.  We will be working alongside our development partner, the Bowls Development Alliance, to support affiliated clubs across the country to create Covid-safe environments, building on the fantastic efforts of many club leaders last year.  This work will include:
–         ‘Return to Play’ guidance for affiliated clubs
–         Resources and best practice to support the safe running of clubs
–         Online booking 
–         Promotional material and funding advice
We also aim to facilitate as much domestic competition as possible. We have developed a series of Covid-contingency scenarios and, with the information now available, will look to reshape our national competition schedule.
We have been in discussions with our partner organisations to ensure a safe return to play, with the Prime Ministers road map we look forward to clubs being able to open safety within government guidelines
We will be working in partnership with all stakeholders, notably affiliated clubs, to navigate through any challenges and, whilst mindful to retain a level of caution, are very excited about the outdoor bowls season beginning soon.

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