Covid – 19 Updates

Lampeter Bowling Club – Coronavirus – Full rules and guidance list

Club opening times

The bowls club will be opening from Wednesday 1st July 2020.

We will have strict guidelines and procedures in place to ensure your safety during your time at the club.

Opening hours will be between 2pm and 8:00pm with three sessions of play.

There will be a specified Covid officer on the premises during all bowling sessions. They will be available to help you with any questions or queries you may have regarding the procedures while you are at the club.

Important information

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.

We also ask that you do not come to the club if you have returned from any travel outside of the UK in the last 14 days or have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for coronavirus in the last 14 days.

If you develop any symptoms after you have been at the club, please ensure that you inform the club secretary.

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.

Any member not sticking to the rules set out in this document may be required to leave the green.

Clubhouse and facilities

The clubhouse will remain closed and will only be accessible to use the toilets if necessary. The club alarm will be active so please do not wonder into areas you shouldn’t, or you will set the alarm off.

No visitors or spectators will be allowed in the club. We are opening the green as a form of exercise and not for social reasons.

You must ensure that you sanitise your hands on arrival at the club. There will be a fixed hand sanitiser available on the wall as you come through the gate and there will be a bottle of hand sanitiser available at the end of your rink. We do encourage members to bring their own hand sanitiser where possible.

We ask that you avoid using club toilets wherever possible and clean anything you have touched after use including the toilet seat, chain and taps. There will be disinfectant spray and wipes available for you to clean the areas after use.

If there are any disabled members that require access to the disabled toilets, please let the on duty covid officer know and they will be able to ensure you can safely use the facilities.

The Mens changing room door will be open to allow men to access the toilets and the bottom door to the ladies changing room will also be opened to allow women access to the toilets. Areas of the changing rooms will be taped off to ensure that members do not wonder around areas they shouldn’t once they are inside.

Use of lockers or changing rooms will not be permitted. If you wish to play and your bowls are currently stored in your locker or in the changing room, you will be allowed access on your first booking to retrieve your bowls and any required equipment. You will need to ensure that you thoroughly disinfect any surfaces you touch while retrieving your items. There will be disinfection products available at the club for you to do this. Once you have finished playing, you must take your equipment home with you and cannot return them to the lockers or changing room.

Rubbish bins will be removed from the club and you must take all rubbish away with you.

There will be no refreshments available so please bring any food or drink you might require with you. You will need to take your rubbish home with you too.

Rink Bookings

We will be implementing an online booking system for all rink bookings.

The booking system will be available through our website www.lampeterbowlsclub.org.uk and can be viewed by clicking Booking Form from the menu.

If you do not have internet access and are unable to book online, please telephone Melanie Thomas to enquire about booking a rink.

Mobile:07472 457 251 Home:01570 481 311

You must book a rink in advance of turning up to the club to play. You will not be allowed on the green unless a rink has been booked the day before you wish to play so please do not travel to the club unless you have a confirmed booking.

We will be implementing a staggered start time for each of the rinks to allow people time to leave the green before the next people arrive. Alternate rinks will be in use to ensure that we can fully comply with the Welsh Government’s social distancing guidelines. E.g. Rinks 8, 10, 12 or rinks 7, 9, 11 will be used.

Please ensure that you are punctual and do not arrive prior to your allocated start time. You will have a maximum of 90 minutes play and must leave within 10minutes of the end of your session time as shown below:

RINKStart / Finish times
11 / 122:00 – 3:304:00 – 5:306:00 – 7:30
9 / 102:10 – 3:404:10 – 5:406:10 – 7:40
7 / 82:20 – 3:504:20 – 5:506:20 – 7:50

Please ensure that you are respectful of other club members and do not book up all available slots. If we see there is an issue with some members using up too many slots, we will be revising the guidelines and capping the number of bookings per person.

Upon your arrival at the green, you will be asked to confirm the names of all people that will be playing on the rink, the Covid officer will record these details and note your start and finish times (if different to allocated time slot). This is to ensure that we can implement a functional track and trace system if required.

The use of the rinks will be determined on the day by the Greens Committee or Covid Officer on duty. You might be asked to play on a different rink to which you have booked. You will be advised which rink you should use if this is different to your original booking.

Rules of Play

Maximum number of people allowed on each rink will be 4.

This can either be made up of four players from one household or four players from two different households. Where players from different households are playing on the same rink, you must ensure that you follow the Welsh Government’s current social distancing guidelines. You cannot have four players from four different households on one rink.

Social distancing rules must be strictly adhered to; you must remain at least two metres apart from other bowlers (who are not part of your household) at all times.

Do not arrive before your allocated booking time.

Dress appropriately before you get to the club to avoid the need to change clothes. Change shoes immediately before and after your game. Where possible we ask that you do not use the benches in the club so if you need to sit down to change your shoes, we ask that you try and change your shoes in the car before you enter the club. If you are unable to do this, please let the covid officer know on arrival and they will allow you to use a bench to change your shoes and the area will be disinfected after use.

To minimise the risk of infection, only essential items (as below) should be utilised during any session and where possible use your own equipment from home:

  • Mat
  • Bowls
  • Jack
  • Rink Markers
  • Gloves (if preferred)
  • Bowls cloths
  • Scorecards (these should be retained by one person only if required)
  • Bowling arm/lifter (for use by one person only if required)
  • Bowling aids (for players with a disability if required)

All equipment should be cleaned and sanitised before and after use. Mats and jacks will be placed outside by the Covid officer and will be ready for use, the shed will be locked and only accessible to the Covid officer if required.

There will be disinfectant spray and wipes available for you to clean your equipment before play.

There will be two mats and two jacks set out for each rink. It is advised that you use a jack at either end and place the jacks using your feet to set your required distance where possible. Mats and jacks should only be handled by one person on each rink.

You must use your own bowls and do not touch anyone else’s bowls. If members do not own their own set of bowls, the Covid officer can arrange for a set of club bowls to be used, the bowls will need to be disinfected before and after use.

If you are using a bowls cloth, you must always keep this in your hand or pocket and do not put it down on any surfaces or borrow to anyone else to use on their bowls.

If scoring, social distancing rules must be strictly adhered to at all times, you must not measure for shot/s. Scorecards will not be available at the club so if you wish to score you must bring your own pen and paper to do so.

Do not shake hands before, during or after a game.

Do not ‘high-five‘ OR ‘hug’ other players to celebrate shots or a win.

There will be trays available for you to place your mats and jacks in at the end of play. The trays will contain a disinfectant solution to disinfect the mats and jacks. Just leave your mats to soak in the disinfectant solution, the covid officer will be responsible for returning them to the shed at the end of the day.

When you finish playing, change your shoes and leave the club immediately – ensuring that you have sanitised all equipment used.