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NEW COVID-19 DIRECTIVES

EIBA STATEMENT

Following the Government’s announcement on Tuesday 22nd September 2020 advising that there will be new restrictions implemented for at least the next six months, the English Indoor Bowling Association, following a Board of Directors meeting today, wishes to advise it’s Clubs, County Associations and individual bowlers of the following.

All affiliated Indoor Bowls Clubs who have implemented COVID-19 secure protocols, based on the EIBA’s ‘Returning to Indoor Bowls’ guidance can continue to provide organised bowls sessions for members and visitors. However, from Thursday 24th September 2020 only up to 6 players per rink will be permitted. Multiple rinks in the club may be used, subject to appropriate social distancing measures, but players are not permitted to interact with the people on the next rink.

For clubs with bar and restaurant facilities, from Thursday 24th September these are only permitted to be open between the hours of 5am to 10pm with table service only. In addition. parties of up to six people are permitted per table and people are not permitted to interact with other people in the room.

The EIBA will be updating its ‘Returning to Indoor Bowls’ guidance and will re-issue over the next 24 hours.

National Competitions

With the implementation of stricter restrictions on people’s activities for the foreseeable future, the EIBA Board, whilst wanting to provide a National Competition programme, regrettably have made the following decisions: -

The complete 2020-2021 National Competition programme is cancelled with immediate effect. All entries will automatically be placed into the 2021-2022 season. If any competitor does not wish for this to happen, please email claireedson@eiba.co.uk so that this can be actioned. -

The 2019-2020 National Finals scheduled due to take place in November 2020 will be postponed. With the cancellation of the 2020-2021 programme the EIBA wish to stage these finals in April 2021, when hopefully the COVID-19 situation has improved in order for all outstanding finals to be concluded. The EIBA are appreciative of the support and understanding of all Competitors, Clubs and Counties during this difficult time and trust that they can understand the decisions made. Ends

Peter Thompson

Chief Executive

Dear Member,

As of Monday 7th September 2020.

Until further notice the rink times are as follows:-

Monday to Friday

9.30am – 11.00am

12noon – 1.30pm

2.30pm – 4.00pm

5.00pm – 6.30pm

7.30pm – 9.00pm

Saturday and Sunday

9.30am – 11.00am

12noon – 1.30pm

The Directors have prepared your Club to make it as safe as possible for you, the Members, to be able to bowl with confidence. We have followed the guidelines from the Government and English Indoor Bowls Association. You will be receiving the guidelines for returning to bowls later this month.

Hoping you are keeping well.

Stay safe.

NIBBC - Board of director’s

Members update: 26.06.2020

Dear Members,

The Committee of Newark Indoor Bowls & Boccia Club are working hard to make sure as soon as we are allowed, to open our doors, to offer indoor bowling in the safest possible way.

As you are probably aware there will be standards we will have to meet and are setting out procedures for everyone to follow to make it easier.

We will be following the guidelines issued by the English Indoor Bowls Association which are updated when the Government makes their announcements.

Additional enhanced cleaning schedules are being drawn up and we are looking at sanitising door handles, tables, chairs etc. between every session.

Rinks will have to be pre-booked, contactless payment will be preferred; or the correct cash to minimise the handling of monies.

You will only be allowed into the building 15 minutes before your start time of your booked rink and be encouraged to leave immediately after play. Access to the changing areas or lockers, will not be allowed, other than the initial booked visit to collect contents. You will arrive ready to play (except changing shoes), bringing bowls and shoes with you each time you attend. There will be a one in one out access to toilets (possibly using the disabled toilet.). The wearing of mouth/nose covering will be required as we re-open.

We are looking towards a phased re-opening with reduced building occupancy. Possibly pairs, triples, on alternate rinks as the rules and social distancing allows minimising risk. There will initially be no access for non players as we will have no facilities for them in the early phases. The bar will be unavailable at first and will be reviewed as advised. There will be an interval between booked sessions to allow additional cleaning to take place for the cleaning/disinfection of mats, jacks scoreboards etc. Additional changes for the handling of mats, jacks, bowls and other equipment will be fully compliant with the most updated EIBA guidance.

We fully accept that these measures impact on the social and competitive nature of bowling but would like to initiate some return to our sport, encourage exercise and the chance to meet friends again in a safe way. It will be a slightly different environment for a time but if we all work together on this we can make progress towards a full return to social and competitive bowling.

NIBBC - Board of director’s

Members update: 26.06.2020

Dear Members,

The Directors would like to thank the Members for their kind donations which will help towards keeping the Club running at this very testing time

As your Club has now been on lockdown for the past 14 weeks, your Club still has financial out goings during this period and been unable to generate any income. Loosing income from incomplete leagues and social bowling has affected our financial situation.

Therefore any donations would be greatly appreciated.

NIBBC - Board of director’s

EIBA Update Government’s further easing of COVID-19 Lockdown

Following the Prime Minister’s statement earlier today on the next steps of easing the lockdown I wish to advise that unfortunately Indoor Bowls, along with other Indoor Sports and Gyms, were not included in the permitted activities. Therefore, Indoor Bowls Clubs are to remain closed.

The EIBA will continue to liaise with Sport England as they work closely with the Government to ensure that Indoor sports facilities can open as soon as possible.

In addition, we will be studying the Government’s guidance, when published, relating to the new social distancing of 1 metre plus, so that we can update our ‘Returning to Indoor Bowls’ document in order for Clubs to continue making appropriate preparations for when the sport can re-commence.

As soon as we have further information in these matters, we will update our affiliated Clubs and County Associations.

Yours sincerely

Peter Thompson

Chief Executive

Updated 23rd June 2020