EIBA Guidance

EIBA Guidance

RETURNING TO INDOOR BOWLS

 

 

GUIDANCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issue 1

 

29th May 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guidance Document for Indoor Clubs

To Prepare for Opening As COVID-19

Restrictions Allow

 

 

Introduction

 

The English Indoor Bowling Association are aware that its affiliated clubs would want to be able to return to provide Indoor Bowls for their members as soon as possible once the Government has announced that it is safe for them to do so.

 

 

Currently the Government directive as it has started its strategy for the easing of national lockdown, is that Indoor Bowls is still not permitted. Based on the roadmap this will be the case until 4th July 2020 at the earliest, with all earlier phases working and the containment and reduction of COVID-19 cases under control.

 

 

It is unclear what conditions will be required to fulfilled by Clubs and their members when Indoor Bowls will be permitted to return.

 

 

However, it is assumed that, initially, any return to playing will be subjected to social-distancing and Clubs must be confident that that they can implement appropriate practices to ensure that they can comply and protect their staff, volunteers and members.

 

 

As such clubs may or will have to change how they operate and the facilities they provide. This will take time, so it is essential that steps are being taken now in order to be ready to return, once the green light has been given.

 

 

The Aim

 

 

The EIBA in producing this guidance document wants to provide clubs with areas which need to be focused on and how they can be implemented. Not all clubs are the same so the implementation will be specific to them, but the requirement is key.

 

 

These areas are based upon the Government’s directives as of May 2020 but allow for planning if the directives are further eased.

 

 

For ease of planning the Guidance has been split into 3 sections: -

 

  • The Club
  • Playing the sport
  • The players

 

 

It is important that Clubs critically assess the requirements and, whilst it may be reluctantly, decide that under the conditions they are unable to open due to not being able to protect people and or is not financially viable to operate.

 

 

Finally, as the COVID-19 situation is going to fluctuate over the next number of weeks / months the EIBA will continue to assess this document and if appropriate re-issue with updated sections.

 

The Club

 

Club management need to critically review how they can set the facility up so that they have social-distancing (2 metres) and hygiene measures in place.

 

 

  1. Premises

 

 

Entrance & Exit

 

Identify how members are able to enter the club for the start of their game and exit the club afterwards, keeping 2 metres apart: -

 

Use one door for entry and another for exit. This would allow people for the next session to enter the building safely.

 

If only one door place 2m distance markings outside and inside to aid the members keeping apart. Also allow sufficient time between sessions so to avoid people entering and exiting at the same time.

 

Inform all members that can only enter the building at specific times for their session eg 15 minutes before the start and leave immediately afterwards.

 

 

Access to and from the rinks (see appendix One)

 

Identify and appropriately mark how the players can get on and off the green safely.

 

Limit the number of Chairs and tables at the end of the rink in order to give social distancing space.

 

 

Changing rooms / Lockers

 

These are out of bounds and should be appropriately signed.

 

Players should come dressed to play with their bowls and shoes in a bag which they change into at the rink side.

 

Consider relaxing dress code so that all players need to bring are bowls shoes.

 

 

Toilets

 

These need to be available but consideration to how many people can enter at one time, due to space.

 

May need to operate a one in one out system with appropriate signage to be used to indicate vacant / occupied.

 

If access via Changing rooms then block changing area and have route to the toilet clearly marked.

 

Provide paper towels in a dispenser and disconnect hand driers, as these can blow the virus around room.

 

 

 

 

 

Bar / Restaurant / Lounge area

 

Currently these are not permitted to be open so tell members they need to bring their own water / snack which have to be taken away by them at the end of the session.

 

However, be prepared, mark up the restaurant / bar / viewing lounge area with 2m markings and space tables and chairs accordingly.

 

Recommend all vending machines are covered or if considered to be used ensure hand sanitiser is available for people before and after touching the buttons.

Remove or cover any books, jigsaws and games.

 

 

Hygiene

 

Place hand sanitisers at the entrance, exit and in or outside the toilets.

 

Signage to remind people to wash their hands.

 

Keep all internal doors open to limit the number of people touching the handles / push panels. Fire doors will need to remain closed, unless they have a specific fire safety retainer fitted.

 

Implement a cleaning / disinfectant schedule pre, during and post opening.

 

 

Ventilation

 

The guidance from the Government is that indoor spaces should be well ventilated so to allow fresh air to circulate. Therefore, wherever possible look to have windows open when the building is in use.

 

The HSE advise that the risk of air conditioning spreading the coronavirus is very low. They do add that if you use a centralised ventilation system that removes and circulates air to different rooms it is recommended that you turn off recirculation and use fresh air supply.

 

You do not need to adjust other types of air conditioning systems.

 

If you are unsure check with your heating / air conditioning engineers or advisers.

                 

 

 

  1. Operations

 

Rink Bookings

 

Based on the advised number of people who are allowed to play sport at one time the Club need to implement a pre booking system – no casual walk ups permitted.

 

Use of on-line booking systems

Via email

Via phone

Or combination of.

 

This needs to be agreed and communicated to all members along with the timings of sessions, specified arrival time, how many times they can play in a week and timeframe for booking sessions e.g. one week in advance, 4 days in advance.

 

 

Payment

 

All rink fees should ideally be paid by debit / credit cards. If this facility is not available, then investigate how it can be implemented. This could assist payments in the future.

 

Offer block booking option so the member pays in advance by card or cheque and does not have to deal with payment on the day. Helps social-distancing and removes the handling of cash issue.

 

E.g. purchase a book of hour session tickets, which are redeemed when playing, which lessens the number of transactions and can alleviate minimum card payment levels.

 

If not feasible then for cash payments, consider rounding up or down the rink fee to limit number of coins required and have a box at reception which the player can show the steward correct amount and deposit. This can be dealt with later by the staff / volunteer wearing disposable gloves.

 

 

 

Staff / Volunteers

 

The club has a duty of care to its staff and volunteers who will be in the building at the time. As such a risk assessment should be carried out on where these people will be working focusing on: -

 

Distance between each working station – remove furniture to achieve and or have people working side by side or back to back but not face to face.

 

Provide appropriate hand sanitiser in the office / reception space.

 

Ensure the office space is well ventilated with fresh air.

 

Ask the personnel to wear a face mask when in the building and provide the appropriate PPE.

 

Make a decision whether you expect the members to also wear a facemask when in the building.

 

Investigate placing a Perspex shield at the reception desk, if no glass windows are in situ already.

 

When bar and catering staff are required, they are provided with face mask and disposable gloves.

 

Clearly define / allocate roles, what you are asking staff / volunteers to do and monitor effectiveness.

 

Document when staff / volunteer has taken place along with who attended.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playing the sport

 

Equipment

 

Mats -                    They are disinfected before use – club official or player

In multiple player games 1 person from each side eg lead nominated to use the mat

                              Policy of the mat having to be on the ‘T’

 

Jacks -                  They are disinfected before use – club official or player

In multiple player games 1 person, eg skip from each side nominated to touch the jack.

                              If sufficient have 1 jack per side

 

                              Policy of no jack cast but placed by foot on the nominated length.

                              Implement re-spotting if jack is displaced towards the ditch / side rinks

 

Scoring -               Decide if rink scoreboards are to be used

                              If yes 1 player is nominated to operate and hand sanitiser provided.

 

If no use of scorecards only and players need to use own pen and place card in a bin at the end of the game.

 

 

 

     Format

 

This will be dictated by the Government’s policy on how many people can participate in the activity outside of the immediate household, with the appropriate social distancing.

 

Once this is established the club will then need to identify how you can manage this on and across all of the rinks and whether it is financially viable for you to do so. (See appendix two)

 

 

 

Single Play

 

With the dimensions of the rink and how the game is played this is the safest format to be played as distance between players can be easily maintained, across all rinks.

 

 

 

Pairs Rink Play

 

Again, the dimensions of the rink will allow 2 players at each end to have ample space between each other and those players on adjoining rinks.

 

Clubs may wish to place a suitable mark(s) on the green 2m distance from the ‘T’ to ensure the players can comply to the social distancing.

 

Consider a policy that all ‘Ts’ are moved up a further 1 or 2 metres to create more space for players behind the mat. (See appendix three)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Triples Rink Play

 

The four people on or behind the tee can be within the 2m distance, either with 2 off the rink and 2 on the rink.

 

For those clubs who have a wall immediately at the end of the rink they should consider the moving of the ‘T’ to 4m from the ditch. (see appendix three)

 

To help allow adjoining rinks to be used, if the club is unsure of the distance between the non-bowlers then operate alternate start end.

 

 

Non-playing officials

 

The club to make a policy on whether umpires and or markers will be allowed.

 

If yes, they should be asked to wear an appropriate facemask and disposable gloves.

 

With regards to measuring again the club makes a policy on whether this takes place during games and by whom.

 

 

Alternate rink use

 

If the club deems it more appropriate or as a starting point to have bowls played by their members’ then this option is of course the one which provides no issues with social distancing when the game is underway.

 

 

Walking up and down the rink

 

The club to advise members that they should maintain the social distancing when they are changing ends.

 

Monitor how players manage this and may need to consider having an identifying mark(s) on each side of the ‘T’ to guide players.

 

 

 

The Players

 

 

Even though the Club will have assessed and implemented plans to ensure the safety / wellbeing of everyone the successful outcome will be influenced by the members who want to start bowling again.

 

The Club needs to: -

 

  • Communicate its plans to all members, staff, committees etc.
  • Get the members acceptance to the plans when they book, if no then no bowls allowed.
  • Advise / publicise that members who display symptoms self-isolate as per Govt guidance.
  • Display prominently within the club key messages / statements on actions expected
  • Continually monitor / review how the plans are working
  • Advise members who aren’t complying that they need to or if not will not be allowed access
  • Listen to feedback / concerns from staff, volunteers and members.

 

 

 

The future

 

The EIBA again would stress that Indoor Bowls is not permitted to start at this moment in time but hope that the content will help all clubs prepare for when the time does come.

 

By considering the current restrictions in place now and how a club could deal with these, if they were to remain, when it could open would allow for a quicker response.

 

This document will be amended / added to if and when the Government issue new directives in the return to normality so that clubs can adapt accordingly.

 

We all want to see indoor bowls return as soon as it can but only on terms which protects the health and wellbeing of everyone. But ultimately the final decision on whether the club remains closed or operates under these conditions, when restrictions are eased to include indoor sport, remains a CLUB decision.

 

 

 

Key reference documents

 

Department of Culture, Media & Leisure - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-phased-return-of-sport-and-recreation

 

Health & Safety Executive - https://www.hse.gov.uk/news/coronavirus.htm

 

https://www.gov.uk/work/health-safety-at-work

 

 

 

ISSUED BY

ENGLISH INDOOR BOWLING ASSOCIATION LTD

29th May 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix One

 

Entrance & Exit from the rinks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix Two

 

Social Distanced Rink Markings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix Three

 

‘T’ moved

 

 

 

 

 

RETURNING TO INDOOR BOWLS

 

 

GUIDANCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issue 1

 

29th May 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guidance Document for Indoor Clubs

To Prepare for Opening As COVID-19

Restrictions Allow

 

 

Introduction

 

The English Indoor Bowling Association are aware that its affiliated clubs would want to be able to return to provide Indoor Bowls for their members as soon as possible once the Government has announced that it is safe for them to do so.

 

 

Currently the Government directive as it has started its strategy for the easing of national lockdown, is that Indoor Bowls is still not permitted. Based on the roadmap this will be the case until 4th July 2020 at the earliest, with all earlier phases working and the containment and reduction of COVID-19 cases under control.

 

 

It is unclear what conditions will be required to fulfilled by Clubs and their members when Indoor Bowls will be permitted to return.

 

 

However, it is assumed that, initially, any return to playing will be subjected to social-distancing and Clubs must be confident that that they can implement appropriate practices to ensure that they can comply and protect their staff, volunteers and members.

 

 

As such clubs may or will have to change how they operate and the facilities they provide. This will take time, so it is essential that steps are being taken now in order to be ready to return, once the green light has been given.

 

 

The Aim

 

 

The EIBA in producing this guidance document wants to provide clubs with areas which need to be focused on and how they can be implemented. Not all clubs are the same so the implementation will be specific to them, but the requirement is key.

 

 

These areas are based upon the Government’s directives as of May 2020 but allow for planning if the directives are further eased.

 

 

For ease of planning the Guidance has been split into 3 sections: -

 

  • The Club
  • Playing the sport
  • The players

 

 

It is important that Clubs critically assess the requirements and, whilst it may be reluctantly, decide that under the conditions they are unable to open due to not being able to protect people and or is not financially viable to operate.

 

 

Finally, as the COVID-19 situation is going to fluctuate over the next number of weeks / months the EIBA will continue to assess this document and if appropriate re-issue with updated sections.

 

The Club

 

Club management need to critically review how they can set the facility up so that they have social-distancing (2 metres) and hygiene measures in place.

 

 

  1. Premises

 

 

Entrance & Exit

 

Identify how members are able to enter the club for the start of their game and exit the club afterwards, keeping 2 metres apart: -

 

Use one door for entry and another for exit. This would allow people for the next session to enter the building safely.

 

If only one door place 2m distance markings outside and inside to aid the members keeping apart. Also allow sufficient time between sessions so to avoid people entering and exiting at the same time.

 

Inform all members that can only enter the building at specific times for their session eg 15 minutes before the start and leave immediately afterwards.

 

 

Access to and from the rinks (see appendix One)

 

Identify and appropriately mark how the players can get on and off the green safely.

 

Limit the number of Chairs and tables at the end of the rink in order to give social distancing space.

 

 

Changing rooms / Lockers

 

These are out of bounds and should be appropriately signed.

 

Players should come dressed to play with their bowls and shoes in a bag which they change into at the rink side.

 

Consider relaxing dress code so that all players need to bring are bowls shoes.

 

 

Toilets

 

These need to be available but consideration to how many people can enter at one time, due to space.

 

May need to operate a one in one out system with appropriate signage to be used to indicate vacant / occupied.

 

If access via Changing rooms then block changing area and have route to the toilet clearly marked.

 

Provide paper towels in a dispenser and disconnect hand driers, as these can blow the virus around room.

 

 

 

 

 

Bar / Restaurant / Lounge area

 

Currently these are not permitted to be open so tell members they need to bring their own water / snack which have to be taken away by them at the end of the session.

 

However, be prepared, mark up the restaurant / bar / viewing lounge area with 2m markings and space tables and chairs accordingly.

 

Recommend all vending machines are covered or if considered to be used ensure hand sanitiser is available for people before and after touching the buttons.

Remove or cover any books, jigsaws and games.

 

 

Hygiene

 

Place hand sanitisers at the entrance, exit and in or outside the toilets.

 

Signage to remind people to wash their hands.

 

Keep all internal doors open to limit the number of people touching the handles / push panels. Fire doors will need to remain closed, unless they have a specific fire safety retainer fitted.

 

Implement a cleaning / disinfectant schedule pre, during and post opening.

 

 

Ventilation

 

The guidance from the Government is that indoor spaces should be well ventilated so to allow fresh air to circulate. Therefore, wherever possible look to have windows open when the building is in use.

 

The HSE advise that the risk of air conditioning spreading the coronavirus is very low. They do add that if you use a centralised ventilation system that removes and circulates air to different rooms it is recommended that you turn off recirculation and use fresh air supply.

 

You do not need to adjust other types of air conditioning systems.

 

If you are unsure check with your heating / air conditioning engineers or advisers.

                 

 

 

  1. Operations

 

Rink Bookings

 

Based on the advised number of people who are allowed to play sport at one time the Club need to implement a pre booking system – no casual walk ups permitted.

 

Use of on-line booking systems

Via email

Via phone

Or combination of.

 

This needs to be agreed and communicated to all members along with the timings of sessions, specified arrival time, how many times they can play in a week and timeframe for booking sessions e.g. one week in advance, 4 days in advance.

 

 

Payment

 

All rink fees should ideally be paid by debit / credit cards. If this facility is not available, then investigate how it can be implemented. This could assist payments in the future.

 

Offer block booking option so the member pays in advance by card or cheque and does not have to deal with payment on the day. Helps social-distancing and removes the handling of cash issue.

 

E.g. purchase a book of hour session tickets, which are redeemed when playing, which lessens the number of transactions and can alleviate minimum card payment levels.

 

If not feasible then for cash payments, consider rounding up or down the rink fee to limit number of coins required and have a box at reception which the player can show the steward correct amount and deposit. This can be dealt with later by the staff / volunteer wearing disposable gloves.

 

 

 

Staff / Volunteers

 

The club has a duty of care to its staff and volunteers who will be in the building at the time. As such a risk assessment should be carried out on where these people will be working focusing on: -

 

Distance between each working station – remove furniture to achieve and or have people working side by side or back to back but not face to face.

 

Provide appropriate hand sanitiser in the office / reception space.

 

Ensure the office space is well ventilated with fresh air.

 

Ask the personnel to wear a face mask when in the building and provide the appropriate PPE.

 

Make a decision whether you expect the members to also wear a facemask when in the building.

 

Investigate placing a Perspex shield at the reception desk, if no glass windows are in situ already.

 

When bar and catering staff are required, they are provided with face mask and disposable gloves.

 

Clearly define / allocate roles, what you are asking staff / volunteers to do and monitor effectiveness.

 

Document when staff / volunteer has taken place along with who attended.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playing the sport

 

Equipment

 

Mats -                    They are disinfected before use – club official or player

In multiple player games 1 person from each side eg lead nominated to use the mat

                              Policy of the mat having to be on the ‘T’

 

Jacks -                  They are disinfected before use – club official or player

In multiple player games 1 person, eg skip from each side nominated to touch the jack.

                              If sufficient have 1 jack per side

 

                              Policy of no jack cast but placed by foot on the nominated length.

                              Implement re-spotting if jack is displaced towards the ditch / side rinks

 

Scoring -               Decide if rink scoreboards are to be used

                              If yes 1 player is nominated to operate and hand sanitiser provided.

 

If no use of scorecards only and players need to use own pen and place card in a bin at the end of the game.

 

 

 

     Format

 

This will be dictated by the Government’s policy on how many people can participate in the activity outside of the immediate household, with the appropriate social distancing.

 

Once this is established the club will then need to identify how you can manage this on and across all of the rinks and whether it is financially viable for you to do so. (See appendix two)

 

 

 

Single Play

 

With the dimensions of the rink and how the game is played this is the safest format to be played as distance between players can be easily maintained, across all rinks.

 

 

 

Pairs Rink Play

 

Again, the dimensions of the rink will allow 2 players at each end to have ample space between each other and those players on adjoining rinks.

 

Clubs may wish to place a suitable mark(s) on the green 2m distance from the ‘T’ to ensure the players can comply to the social distancing.

 

Consider a policy that all ‘Ts’ are moved up a further 1 or 2 metres to create more space for players behind the mat. (See appendix three)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Triples Rink Play

 

The four people on or behind the tee can be within the 2m distance, either with 2 off the rink and 2 on the rink.

 

For those clubs who have a wall immediately at the end of the rink they should consider the moving of the ‘T’ to 4m from the ditch. (see appendix three)

 

To help allow adjoining rinks to be used, if the club is unsure of the distance between the non-bowlers then operate alternate start end.

 

 

Non-playing officials

 

The club to make a policy on whether umpires and or markers will be allowed.

 

If yes, they should be asked to wear an appropriate facemask and disposable gloves.

 

With regards to measuring again the club makes a policy on whether this takes place during games and by whom.

 

 

Alternate rink use

 

If the club deems it more appropriate or as a starting point to have bowls played by their members’ then this option is of course the one which provides no issues with social distancing when the game is underway.

 

 

Walking up and down the rink

 

The club to advise members that they should maintain the social distancing when they are changing ends.

 

Monitor how players manage this and may need to consider having an identifying mark(s) on each side of the ‘T’ to guide players.

 

 

 

The Players

 

 

Even though the Club will have assessed and implemented plans to ensure the safety / wellbeing of everyone the successful outcome will be influenced by the members who want to start bowling again.

 

The Club needs to: -

 

  • Communicate its plans to all members, staff, committees etc.
  • Get the members acceptance to the plans when they book, if no then no bowls allowed.
  • Advise / publicise that members who display symptoms self-isolate as per Govt guidance.
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