Llanidloes Bowling Club
Llangurig Road, Llanidloes, Powys, SY18 6EX
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The home season has finally come to an end and the work begins on returning the green to its former glory. The necessity to follow Co-Vid 19 regulations at the clubhouse is no longer relevent, unless, of course, you are one of the few that are working on the green.
After a short break, the winter indoor season will hopefully resume and any people using the facility will, no doubt, need to take heed of the new, but similar, Co-Vid guidelins.
As soon as we are made aware of the playing conditions we will display that information here and we are sure the information will be sent in one format or another to all members.
SUPPLEMENTARY GUIDANCE FOR INDOOR BOWLS CLUBS
Based on the roadmap Welsh Government
have detailed and the announcement they made on 31st July, indoor facilities,
including bowls clubs can reopen from 10th August. This was on the basis
that the containment and reduction of COVID-19 cases remained under
If you have any questions, please
e-mail: email@example.com. We are here to help, and we will endeavour
to respond within three working days.
1. Clubs - Summary
of Recommended Action
Clubs will need to use an off-site booking system (i.e. Google Calendar)
Minimum of 20 minutes between allocated time slots to enable players to arrive/depart safely
Clubs to communicate in advance with players to advise on social distancing requirements that are being applied on arrival at the club - for example not leaving cars until a certain time before their allocated time slot
Depending on Clubs safety and risk assessment measures, the number of players and rinks to be played at any one time is to follow the current Welsh Government regulations and social distancing measures
Number of people allowed on each
rink is governed by current Welsh Government legislation and restrictions
on adhering to social distancing
The number of rinks in use at any
one time is governed by current Welsh Government legislation and restrictions
on adhering to social distancing
Capping the number of occasions,
a player can book a rink each week to ensure that the available capacity
is distributed fairly
Test, Trace & Protect - Designated
member or officer of clubs should collect information on participants
and/or staff during training, competitions and use of the facility.
This enables the clubs to track who is using the facilities if they
show symptoms following the activity. You should hold records for 21
days from the date of each separate visit that a staff member, customer
or visitor made. Clubs can find COVID-19 officer role description and
COVID-19 Club Checklist support here - https://bowlswales.com/covid-19/
Clubs must ensure they follow Welsh
Government Test, Trace , Protect guidance, link here - https://gov.wales/test-trace-protect
Clubs must ensure their facility accommodates the Welsh Government guidelines and regulations. Hand sanitiser/cleaning stations to ensure cleanliness and provide well ventilated space with fresh air.
The key areas to factor in are :-
Social distancing must be maintained
Implementation of robust hygiene
procedures for all equipment used and players personal care.
3 Rink Stadiums: Use rinks 1 &
You could consider reducing the
width of your rinks to allow more space for Social Distancing and people
waking up and down the rink.
The maximum number of people allowed
in the green area at any one time is capped by Welsh Government to 30.
It is recommended that stadiums with 3 or 4 rinks reduce this to a maximum
of 16 players.
Triples & Fours Play
If you can ensure that 6 players
can maintain social distancing at each end of the rink then a standard
game can take place.
Clubhouse and Facilities
Members or participants are discouraged from
congregating once session has finished
Club to ensure there is appropriate time slots
between sessions to avoid members entering and exiting at the same time.
Ensure that there is appropriate signage on display
for members for to enforce guidelines and inform members not to enter
if they appear to show any symptoms.
Ensure there is appropriate signage to mark how
the members can enter and exit the green safely.
Changing facilities are to remain closed and
appropriate signage to members to show no access.
Members to come dressed ready to play with their
bowls and shoes in a bag which they change into at the rink side.
Toilets can be used but ensure that there is
an appropriate system of one in one out, maintaining social distancing
at all times.
Regular cleaning of the toilets should be undertaken
and signage for to encourage hand hygiene
Bar and Restaurant area is permitted to open
to members providing the COVID-19 guidelines are followed, find support
Checklist and guidelines on bar and restaurant
use can be found here on Clubhouse guidance -https://bowlswales.com/covid-19/
Club to ensure that social distancing is followed
and a risk assessment to mitigate the risk of transmission within the
bar area must be completed
Club to provide hand hygiene stations at the
entrance, exit and around the building.
If club cannot provide hand hygiene station,
members are informed to brig their own hand sanitiser
Club to enforce a cleaning schedule of the facility
pre and post opening, including throughout the use of the facility.
The guidance from the Government
is that ventilation is an important part of mitigating against the transmission
of COVID-19. Ventilation into the building should ensure a fresh air
supply is provided to all areas of use. You can do this by ensuring
that windows and doors where appropriate are kept open.
Equipment (This will vary according to the code of the game)
Gloves (if preferred)
Scorecards (these should be retained
by one person only if required)
Bowling arm/lifter (for use by one
person only if required)
Visually Impaired players using
"strings" on the rink for play require to use sanitising wipes
at the completion of each end
Bowling aids (for players with a
disability if required)
Social distancing rules must always
be strictly adhered to at all times
Do not touch your opponents' bowls
with your hands
Avoid measuring for shot/s
2. Players - Summary of Recommended Actions
BowlsWales recommends that all players
follow the guidance below (the guidance may be adapted if necessary,
to meet individual needs, so long as it remains compliant with Welsh
Government advice and social distancing requirements):
Do not go to the club if you are
experiencing any coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or any cold or flu-like
symptoms, a cough, or a high temperature. Use the NHS
111 website or helpline and seek advice. For your own protection,
follow the advice about self-isolation if you are, or are living with,
someone in one of the vulnerable groups
All players, officials, volunteers
and spectators must undergo a self-assessment for any COVID-19 symptoms.
No-one should leave home to participate in
Dress appropriately before you get
to the club to avoid the need to change clothes - change shoes immediately
before and after your game
Travel to the green on your own or with members of your own household only - do not offer a lift to, or accept a lift from, anyone outside your household. Do not arrive more than 10 minutes before your allocated booking time.
Clean anything you have touched
Take any food or drink you might
need with you and take any rubbish home to be suitably disposed
Wash or sanitise your hands and
sanitise any equipment (including bowls, jacks and mats) you use before
and after you play - do not assume that the person before you have sanitised
the equipment thoroughly
Sanitise gates, padlocks, keys and
door handles before and after use
Clubs are required:
To communicate all guidance to all
members, staff, volunteers and committees.
Ensure that all members accept the
guidance prior to booking to ensure that all members are adhering to
the guidelines for their safety
Ensure that signages on Clubs key messages and guidance are on display for what is expected by members
3. Frequently Asked Questions
When can we
Indoor bowls clubs are now allowed
to open. Each club, including council-owned sports facilities, will
make their own decision about when their facilities are ready to open
and can be operated safely. You should only reopen or restart activities
as soon as you feel able to do so safely. Until you feel it is safe
and responsible to reopen you should remain closed.
All activity should be consistent
with the Welsh Government guidance regarding health, social distancing
and hygiene. That means that participants and others can maintain a
safe two metre distance, that good hygiene practices are in place, that
equipment is disinfected regularly, and that anyone who is symptomatic
or suspects they have been exposed to the virus does not take part and
remains at home.
Any measures clubs can put in place
to enable an activity to return needs to be capable of being adapted
to follow Welsh Government guidelines on social distancing e.g. strengthening
or relaxing measures at short notice. Organisations are encouraged to
think creatively about how best to make their sport or activity possible
within the guidelines.
Those who are shielding can continue
to leave home to exercise or meet outside with people from another household.
Should anyone who attended the club
subsequently discover they have any virus symptoms they should immediately
inform the club secretary. The designated officer for Track and Trace
should be informed and ensure that the correct process of Welsh Government
Test, Trace , Protect guidance is followed, link here - https://gov.wales/test-trace-protect
Yes- Bars and restaurants, including
any food or drink facilities inside a clubhouse can reopen providing
the Government guidance is followed at all times. You may only use the
bar and restaurant facility with people of your own household or extended
household. Please find more information here
Yes - toilets and throughways may
be kept open, but guidance on hygiene should be followed, with a one
in one out approach.
No - only the use of toilets is
permitted. Players must ensure to be changed and ready to play.
Where possible we recommend that
you do not share equipment, for example you should use your own bowls.
mats and jack should only be handled by one player. It is a decision
for clubs/facility managers whether they loan/hire out bowls. If you
do, we expect you to follow sensible precautions and clean in between
users, as well as the safely working guidance.
Clubs are encouraged to utilise
an off-site booking system for rink allocation - this could be offline
(e.g. diary managed by allocated club members) or online (e.g. Google
Guidance currently states that cleaning
protocols should be put in place to limit coronavirus transmission in
public places. It is advised that touch points (e.g. handrails and gates)
should be particular areas of focus for increased cleaning. Frequent
cleaning of equipment between uses and any work areas used, using your
usual cleaning products, is advised.
Yes - clubs may consider the use
of 'staff' if they consider this will enable them to reopen safely as
part of their risk assessment.
Yes - A COVID-19 Safety Information
Poster for Clubs for Indoor Bowls has been designed. To download the
poster, visit: https://bowlswales.com/covid-19/
Please find the link to an example
template - https://bowlswales.com/covid-19/
In addition, other risk assessment templates can be found online.
guidance is available as below:
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The club is located on Llangurig Road to the south of the town.
Nearest postcode: SY18 6EX. Click here for a google map.