COVID-19 Hub

by Bowls Australia on November 23, 2020

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.

Updated: February 15, 2021

Important support resources for clubs, employees & participants

Guidelines for clubs & participants by state

All play and club trading is to be conducted in line with COVID-safe guidelines as advised by State and Territory government agencies.

COVID-safe guidelines:


  • 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.

Bowls Activity:

  • Other than mats and jacks, 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.
  • Strongly recommend that players should use spray chalk for indicating touchers (or at the very least, individual pieces of blackboard chalk without any use of saliva).

STA Websites:

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.

Scroll below for more general information related to COVID-19.


Symptoms include:

  • fever
  • coughing
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath

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:

Supporting Senior Australians

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