To all members: Dear Member, In accordance with the latest Scottish Government and Bowls Scotland advice, the Club opened for play on Saturday 01 May. As we did last year on restarting play, we will ensure we follow all guidelines from the Government and from Bowls Scotland. At all times, use of the facilities will be in accordance with the guidance and rules of play shown below. These MUST BE STRICTLY ADHERED TO BY ALL MEMBERS. The guidelines will be kept under review by the Board. Should Government and Bowls Scotland restrictions be further relaxed, as we hope will be the case during the summer, we can adjust our guidelines accordingly. While we can never eliminate all risk, the guidance and rules of play have been compiled with the ongoing safety of members as the paramount consideration, and we hope that all those who would wish to play will feel that they can do so with confidence. A kit of PPE materials will be available in the Clubhouse for protection of any member requiring to administer First Aid in the event of an accident to another member. Bowls Scotland require all affiliated clubs to appoint a named ‘COVID Officer’. As Secretary, I (Mike Dunbar) will be that named person, and point of contact on COVID issues. However, the Directors have agreed to be collectively responsible for all COVID matters. We will ensure we keep ourselves fully informed, and take joint responsibility for ensuring the guidelines are followed.
Revised Guidelines 08 June: PLEASE READ THE GUIDELINES AND RULES CAREFULLY.
The Tie Book is now in operation again, so the on-line booking system is discontinued. Booking is not required for a bounce game.
Rink sessions will be:- Morning: 10.00 am to 1.30 pm; Afternoon: 2.00 pm to 4.30 pm; Evening: 5.30 pm to dusk. To ensure ties can be completed, sessions can be extended if necessary.
A daily register will be maintained to record all who come into the Club, for tracking and tracing purposes, should this be necessary. The register will be in a file, available at the Clubhouse door or the gazebo, depending on weather etc. All persons entering the Club premises must sign in and complete the required details. This applies to all players, spectators, volunteers etc.
Also, the bottom gate will not be in use. The padlock on the top gate will accept the key which members previously used for the bottom gate and the clubhouse.
The clubhouse will now be available for small numbers, maintaining social distancing and wearing face coverings when appropriate. Tea, coffee, etc. maybe made, but taken outside for consumption. Use all measures to prevent possible virus transmission, such as permitting only one member to prepare the drinks and put them out for others to take to the gazebo area.
Toilet access will be limited to one member at a time going downstairs to the toilet area, with a sign at the stairs to indicate ‘Vacant’ or ‘Occupied’.
Lockers will be accessible, but only to get bowls etc. from a locker, or return them after play. Changing of shoes, jackets etc. must be done outwith the locker huts, perhaps in the gazebo or using a bench. Each hut can be opened at both ends. This will allow one-direction entry and exit.
Ringside bins / ash bins will not be available. There will be a large black bin in the gazebo area. Members must ensure all rubbish is carefully binned, or taken away.
Mats and Jacks: These will be in containers in the gazebo. Mats and jacks must be sanitised before use, and when returning them after use. Sanitising spray, hand gel and paper towel will be available in the gazebo.
It is suggested that players should set the mats and jacks short, medium, or long, rather than throwing the jack. Alternatively, one player/team could use a yellow jack and the other player/team use a white jack. Only one player per rink will be responsible for all contact with mats before, during and after the game and must use the sanitising sprays provided to cleanse mats, jacks, and seats before and after play.
The 2m social distancing rule must be observed at all times on and off the green.
Equipment such as cloths and measures should not be shared and bowls pushers, chalk, 2m sticks and score boards are only to be used for ties and matches, again with appropriate measures to reduce the risk of COVID transmission.
Players should bring their own hand sanitiser for use throughout play. Players should always practise safe anti-COVID hygiene. Players should be courteous and mindful of the safety of other players, Directors and Ladies Committee members in attendance to monitor play.
PLAYERS SHOULD NOT: Pick up a bowl which does not belong to them; Moisten their hands with saliva before delivery; Shake hands, high five, or have any physical contact with other people on or around the green.
Members who have COVID-19 symptoms or from a household where someone displays symptoms, should stay at home, and follow NHS guidance. No one who is self-isolating should attend the club.