The resource below is intended to provide an overview of the currently available information pertaining to the impact of COVID-19 on the Australian bowls community.
The Bowls Australia (BA) Head Office remains closed in Victoria. Staff can be contactable via email.
Updated: October 20, 2020
Guidelines for clubs & participants by state
The following guidelines are to be read in conjunction with the above State of Play and Trade matrix.
- The responsibility lies with individual clubs to ensure that:
- They are fully aware of and compliant with their own State or Territory Government and STA advice.
- All of these guidelines are adhered to and engage any staffing/volunteers required as necessary to fulfil the guidelines.
- Hand sanitiser is to be made available at the entrance to the club and beside each green in use.
- Disinfectant spray must be made available beside mat/jack boxes. After each use, all mats and jacks must be thoroughly cleaned before being used again.
- Any club bowls that are loaned to players are to be thoroughly cleaned before and after use.
- Clubs may need to implement a booking system to facilitate rink bookings, to conform with guidelines. Best practice is that a register of attendees is kept, just in case a communicable illness were to occur.
- Any meetings held on the club premises should employ physical distancing of 1.5m between people and be limited to the number of people determined by the relevant state/territory social gathering limits.
- Where possible, outdoor-accessible toilets should be open. At the very least, hand washing facilities should be available.
- All players are to use separate mats and jacks (or ensure that the same player on each rink places mats or places/rolls jacks).
- Other bowls equipment cannot be shared between players (e.g. bowls, cloths, measures etc).
- Disinfectant spray must be made available beside mat/jack boxes and between each use, all mats and jacks must be thoroughly cleaned by players.
- Players should practice safe hygiene at all times, including washing hands for at least 20 seconds before and after bowls.
- Bowls Victoria
- Bowls NSW / Women’s Bowls NSW
- Bowls Queensland
- Bowls SA
- Bowls WA
- Bowls ACT
- Bowls Tasmania
- Bowls NT
Scroll below for relevant support measures for clubs, employees & participants.
- COVID-19: Return to Bowls Plan
- COVID-19: Return to Bowls Toolkit
- Rink Booker
- Additional Support Measures (financial, subsidies, grants, etc.)
Helping Hand Fund
BA is calling on the bowls community, and wider Australian community, to lend a ‘Helping Hand’ to bowls clubs left financially devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Helping Hand Fund is an integral part of BA’s response to the $136.4M impact* to bowls clubs across the nation created by the COVID-19 shutdown.
Return to Bowls Resources
Our bowls community has been significantly impacted by COVID-19 and we’re delighted that the sport is resuming around the country. Bowls means so much to so many and it’s great to see people being given the chance to reconnect with the sport and their clubs.
To ensure we do this safely and responsibly, Bowls Australia has partnered with SKOOP to ensure all clubs and participants can access the signage, health & hygiene products they need to keep our sport going, at the lowest possible price.
National and International events
- All national events postponed until 2021
- Bowls Premier League
- BPL Cup National Finals
- Australian Champion of Champions
- Australian Championships
- Australian Multi-Disability Championships
- 2020 World Bowls Championships – RESCHEDULED FOR 2021
- 2021 World Indoor Bowls Championships – CANCELLED
Scroll below for more general information related to COVID-19.
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If you are sick and think you might have COVID-19, check your symptoms using healthdirect’s COVID-19 Symptom Checker.
We can all help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia. To protect others you must: