13 February 2021
There is still no news from the BCGBA on what the 2021 bowling season is going to look like - however the Prime Minister’s announcement scheduled for 22 February may provide some clues.
Irrespective of what restrictions are removed, it would clearly be unwise for anyone to return to the Club until such time as they personally feel safe to do so.
The results of an ‘Outdoor Back to Bowls Survey 2021’ by the Bowls Development Alliance (BDA), on ‘the appetite’ of bowlers for returning to their clubs was published on 8 January 2021. The BDA is a partnership between Bowls England, the BCGBA and Disability Bowls England. The results are very informative and can be viewed by clicking here.
The Committee will ensure that all concerns reported in the survey are addressed.
So - how safe will our Club be when it re-opens?
The short answer is that it will be extremely safe.
- A specialist cleaning company has been contracted to carry out an intensive ‘Deep Clean’ of the Clubhouse and Bowls shed. The cleaning process will be carried out over two week-ends, immediately prior to facilities being re-opened - and will make use of world-leading ‘ZOONO’ anti-bacterial cleaning solution, which provides continuing protection on all surfaces for up to 30 days after it has been applied
- Further cleaning using ‘ZOONO’ will then be carried out on a monthly basis.
- Sneeze screens will be in place at the bar and on the kitchen serving table.
- High quality, automatic ‘Blade’ hand dryers will be installed in the toilets and passageway. These dryers incorporate HEPA filters to prevent any airborne germs being circulated, blue UV sterilisation lights to kill germs and in-built drip trays to avoid any droplets of water going on to the floor.
- A contactless card payment system will be in place at the bar to ensure that payment can be made by either credit or debit card, if preferred to using cash.
- Where cash is used, health & safety recommendations published by Derby City Council, (that make the assumption that all cash taken is contaminated) will be followed.
- Use of Face masks in the Clubhouse will be mandatory and social distancing will be required.
As regards the playing surface:-
- The maintenance team have been working as hard as possible (whilst complying with Government Coronavirus legislation).
- A comprehensive bowling green maintenance programme, produced by the bowling green adviser to the BCGBA, is being followed religiously. This covers a) mowing, b) scarifying, c) aerating, d) over-seeding, e) fertilizing, f) applying top dressing and g) drag brushing - to a prescribed timetable over the winter months.
- New equipment is being acquired to complement the green maintenance programme; a top of the range cylinder mower, a Soral roller attachment for connection to the Club’s Auto RotoRake machine and a Drag Brush.
All in all, the Club’s facilities will be totally safe when we re-open - and the green will be in tip-top condition.
5 January 2021
The outbreak of Coronavirus in 2020 resulted in the cancellation of all BCGBA league bowling for the entire 2020 season.
A few internal matches were held at Rykneld, and the green was made available for individual bookings - all in line with prevailing Government restrictions and track & trace procedures.
The bowling situation for 2021 is not yet known - however crown green bowling is recognised as an extremely low risk sport for transmission of the virus and provides for excellent exercise in the open air.
As and when the 'all clear' is sounded in 2021 the Club will be 100% ready to resume activities - with all health and safety measures in place.