POSITION AS AT 25TH OCTOBER 2020.
Following the publication of new advice and regulations by the government, including the introduction of a tiered arrangement for covid19 infection rates, the ESMBA have issued a further “Safe Bowls” guidance note – this is reproduced below – at this stage there are no plans for restarting short mat bowling in the county.
“ENGISH SHORT MAT BOWLING ASSOCIATION – “SAFE BOWLS UPDATE – 17TH OCTOBER 2020.
The Government have now introduced a tier system for the Country, whilst the ESMBA await further updates from the DCMS and Sports England, the Management Committee have decided to err on the side of caution. With effect of 17th October the rules for clubs in the following tiers are as follows :
Tier 1 Postcodes can continue as per the approved protocols.
Tier 2 Postcodes can only allow single households or social bubbles per rink mat, these members MUST NOT mix with any other individuals.
Tier 3 Postcodes Sport and physical activity can be played as per the guidance under Tier 2.
These restrictions are put in place not just to protect the bowls family but the wider communities that we play and live in. We hope that these restrictions are only temporary and as soon as we have agreed procedures in place to play again, we will update you all.”
Because of the continuing covid 19 pandemic the county has decided to cancel this year’s Kidderminster and District league programme at Stourport Civic Hall with the hope that short mat bowling can restart at the in September 2021.
The ESMBA has circulated additional guidance for counties – this is set out in full below :