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Government’s 4 stage Road map for returning to a new normality


The Government have set out a 4 stage road map for easing restrictions for social distancing and stages 1b-4 has implications for Bowls clubs. The Government have set out the earliest target dates for each stage, each of which will be confirmed or delayed following data analysis by the Government incrementally.  This is summarised below using the “not before dates” issued by the Govt. The actual dates of implementation will be revealed nearer to each of these target dates, so caution is

recommended for organising larger scale events which may not be capable of being delayed



Stage 1b (29 March, 2021)

Outside bowling may commence, but the “rule of six” applies. A maximum of 30 people also applies to any outside gathering, which is interpreted as applying to a single green. This means games of        singles, pairs, triples and fours can be played provided the total number of people on the green does not exceed 30 people. Note: the playing of fours only applies to affiliated clubs to BE.

Social distancing still applies whilst playing and so do the hygiene precautions introduced last year.

Club houses should remain closed, apart from access to toilets.

Changing rooms remain closed, so members will need to arrive at the club, dressed ready to bowl, with shoes being changed by the side of the green.    Only players are allowed into the club precincts and no spectators at this stage.


Stage 2  (12 April, 2021)

From 12 April, drinks or food may be served outside via a table service.

BE have indicated that changing rooms may be opened.  Travel restrictions will be eased.


Stage 3  (17 May, 2021)

Social distancing restrictions are lifted outside, so fours can be played, even when playing unaffiliated clubs and six rinks can be brought back into use. However a maximum of 30 people may gather       together outside, so this is the limiting factor for how the rinks are managed. Hygiene precautions are to remain in place.

Food and drinks may be served inside at tables, with the “rule of 6” applying. Service will be via table service and loitering around the bar will not be allowed. Food or other refreshments may be provided inside or outside.

Spectators will be allowed to return


Stage 4 (21 June, 2021)

Legal limits for social distancing will be withdrawn by the Government both inside and outside. This means that six rinks can be utilised on each green, fours can be played throughout and the previous limitations on maximum gatherings will be rescinded. It is anticipated that some hygiene measures will still be recommended.

The kitchen facilities and bar areas can be opened without restrictions for social gathering, so       members can approach the bar to place their orders or to collect their drinks.

Indoor bowling without limitations can also start from this date, but is not planned to happen at Burford until 1 October 2021.


I anticipate more information will be made available about hygiene precautions recommended, in the Bowls England and EIBA guidance but none of these has been referred to in detail on government websites to date.

In the meantime, the hygiene protocols introduced in May 2020 will remain in place.