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COVID-19: Additional Guidance for Lawn Bowls Issued: 31st July 2020


The Covid-19 pandemic has affected most countries throughout the world and unfortunately, it appears that the most vulnerable to this awful disease are the people in the 65 - 75+ age brackets with deaths  in the 65 -74 range accounting for 24.9% and 75+ range accounting for 48.7%, which for the majority of bowls members means trouble!

Now it isn't a fact that ALL bowls members fall into these age brackets, but a great proportion of our club members do and therefore we are particularly concerned with ensuring ALL of our club members are safe.  It is for this reason, that BOWLS ENGLAND have issued statements to say that bowling can commence (under strict guidelines).  


(These may vary in accordance with Bowls England amendments)

1.0 Introduction

On 14th May 2020 the Government announced that facilities associated with outdoor sports and physical activities, including Lawn Bowls, may now reopen.  We have received very firm guidelines from Bowls England which must be adhered to, also a very detailed checklist from our insurers Sutton Winston which we also have to abide by. Over time the rules will vary in accordance with the Bowls England amendments - see pdf link above.


Seaford Bowling Club is not responsible for, and expressly disclaims all liability for, damages of any kind arising out of opening up the green, whilst the club continues to be closed, and permits members to participate in roll ups according to the rules as regulated by Bowls England.

2.0 Instruction to members

  • For those members who wish to participate in Roll ups please register your interest with the Secretary. In order that we some idea of the numbers of members interested.

  • All members participating in roll ups do so at their own risk.

  • Register with the online booking system for rink allocation, or phone Liz Wright on 07718 261636. To book a rink click on Lawn Bowls Rink Diary.

  • An automatic confirmation of registration e-mail will be sent to players which includes a declaration for them to confirm that they do not have any symptoms of COVID-19 now or within the last 14 days. The declaration obliges the member to desist from playing should they experience any change and inform the secretary.

  • The club house remains out of bounds except for limited essential access to the toilets.

  • Good personal hygiene and basic COVID -19 precautions to be followed at all times.

  • Use gloves when opening the lock on the main gate. Gate remains unlocked during handover between sessions.

  • Members to bring your own drink

  • All rubbish to be placed in the 3 new bins provided.

3.0 Play arrangements.

  • Two morning sessions and two afternoon sessions, each of 1hour 30 minutes. 7 days a week.

  •  1 hours play and 30 minutes hand over for each session. (10am – 11 30. 11 30am  - 1 00pm.            1 00pm -2 30pm. 2 30pm – 4 00pm)

  • On Monday’s Wednesday’s and Friday’s, the 1 00pm – 2 30pm session will be for green maintenance, with an added session for play from 4 00pm – 5 30pm.

  • Play on alternate rinks only allowed

  • For all members safety, please keep to the stated arrival and departure times

  • A maximum of six players at any given time.

4.0 At the club on the day

  • Arrive at the club dressed to play with your own bowls and drink

  • Change your shoes at the side of the green and leave your bags over 2m apart

  • Session leader appointed to ensure adherence to rules and to hand over to next session.

  • Essential equipment only to be used. ( Own Bowls, Jacks and Mats only)

  • Use one of the 3 Sanitisation stations for cleaning hands and equipment before and after play. Do not assume the person before has sanitized the equipment.

  • No shaking hands or physical contact with other players

  • Do not touch other players bowls

  • Maintain social distancing at all times. (2Metres)

  • Members are to remove their bowls from the locker rooms and take them home at the end of play.

  • Use the sanitisers for cleaning hands and equipment before and after playing.

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