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Branksome Park Temporary Covid-19 Rules

22nd May 2020
Branksome Park Temporary Covid-19 Rules

BACKGROUND

The Government have issued a 6 page document which can be found on the Bowls England website (for anoraks) setting out strict guidelines for a return to bowling.  In turn Bowls England have issued further guidelines and a risk assessment document which has been used to undertake an inspection of our policies to mitigate risk at the club to the lowest possible level.  The guidelines are prescriptive and will only allow 6 bowlers at the club at any one time with a 20 minutes gap between play and NO spectators at all. Providing members adhere to our guidelines/instructions the risk is LOW.

The green can only be used by FULL MEMBERS and NO GUESTS except organised coaching sessions (see Coaching Addendum).  You can play with another person from another household or from your own household but NO OTHER combinations at present. (e.g. Mr and Mrs Smith cannot play pairs with Mr and Mrs Brown).

ALL MEMBERS USING THE GREEN DO SO AT THEIR OWN RISK AND MUST ADHERE TO THE CONDITIONS OF THIS POLICY.  THE CLUB HOLDS NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY MEMBERS FALLING ILL.

SUMMARY OF BOWLS ENGLAND PRESCRIBED PLAYING ARRANGEMENTS

  • Off-site booking system for rink allocation (if possible Google Calendar)
  • Minimum of 20 minutes between allocated time slots to enable players to arrive/depart safely
  • Clubs to communicate in advance with players to advise on social distancing requirements that are being applied on arrival at the club – for example not leaving cars until a certain time before their allocated time slot
  • Only play on alternate rinks e.g. 1, 3, 5 OR 2, 4, 6 (keep an empty rink between rinks that are being played on).
  • Maximum of six players on club premises at any one time (assuming average of two people per rink who are not from the same household).  Clubs may wish to increase this number if more than two people from the same household are to participate on the same rink.
  • No visitors/spectators to be admitted to the club
  • Capping the number of occasion’s a player can book a rink each week to ensure that the available capacity is distributed fairly

 

BRANKSOME PARK POLICY AND GUIDELINES

The Management Committee has decided to Open the green for FULL MEMBERS (and approved Formal Coaching) but, only in line with the following strict guidelines prescribed for Open Play only.

The following rules subject to further amendment(s) MUST be adhered to WEF.
Monday 1st June 2020.

You MUST book a time slot in advance of coming to the club, you cannot turn up by chance or book a time by personally attending the club.

HOW DO I BOOK A RINK?

Please ring/text or WhatsApp Chris Dennis 07912 648679 between 1800/2000hrs ONLY Monday to Friday inclusive.

You can book to play seven days in advance for an allocated slot to play (Monday to Sunday inclusive).  You will receive notification that you have been reserved a slot.

 

ENTERING and EXITING the premises ALL members MUST enter and exit the greenside from the car park using the side entrance. NO other entry point is to be used.  There must be a twenty (20) minute gap between bowlers arriving and bowlers leaving. Change your shoes by your car to save using the benches (if possible, could one member stay behind in the car park in their car until a member from the next session arrives, otherwise you will have to secure the hut, gate and car park).

Time slots 1100/1240 - 1300/1440 – 1500/1640 – 1700/ To END. This will allow ALL members fair access to the green and allows a statutory 20 minutes gap between play.  Only 3 separated rinks to be in play to maintain 2 meters social distancing.  They will always be known as rink 1 left/2 middle/3 right when allocation confirmed.

FAIRNESS -   Members can only book 2 sessions per week in advance to ensure equity.  Chris will note if you would like to be play more and if there are space’s he will try to let you know.  Accordingly, if too many members want slots you will only be allowed one session per week.

CLUBHOUSE and TOILET - Only one member may enter the clubhouse ONLY to use the washroom facilities or 1 lady and 1 gent at the same time, taking care when entering or exiting clubhouse.  You must wipe down the seat, cistern handle and door handle before using the toilet and before exiting.  If you touch it, wipe it!

DON’T COME TO THE CLUB IF YOU HAVE ANY COLD OR FLU LIKE SYMPTOMS, TEMPERATURE, COUGH, SNEEZING ETC

  1. FULL MEMBERS ONLY allowed to use the green unsupervised.
    Maximum of 2 players per rink, only 3 rinks in use. The rinks will be set out with red and white tape with a central aiming point in both directions (Woodland and Tennis Court). No other equipment to be used other than below. The rinks will be changed weekly to ensure even wear. Monday/Wednesday/Friday/ Sunday (Woodland) and Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday (Tennis Courts).
     
  2. Members should change their shoes in the Car park to avoid sitting on the benches.
     
  3. Mats and jacks will be in a box in the doorway of the steward’s hut. The key to the car park will be on a hook on the door so there should be no need to enter the hut or indeed the clubhouse for anything bowls related.
     
  4. SIX (6) members maximum at the club at any one-time bowling, NO persons watching within the confines of the club boundary.
     
  5. No handling of anyone else’s bowls; use feet to move bowls.
     
  6. You MUST use 2 jacks and move jacks with feet – jack at either end to be placed before leaving end.
     
  7. Two mats to be used on each rink, to be lifted and placed by one nominated player.
     
  8. You MUST always maintain social distancing (2 metres).
     
  9. Keep hands clean, wash hands or use sanitizer before and after bowling.
     
  10. After roll-up, jacks & mats to be thoroughly cleaned with disinfectant spray/disposable wipes before being returned to the steward’s hut.
     
  11. Leave club SECURE as soon as rollup over.
     
  12. No organised games at present; make up your own rules.

THE INTENT OF THESE RULES IS TO USE THE LEAST EQUIPMENT POSSIBLE.

KEEP YOUR DISTANCE AND AVOID TOUCHING EQUIPMENT NOT BELONGING TO YOU.

ENSURE YOU SANITISE YOUR HANDS THEREAFTER.

 NO HANDSHAKES OR HIGH FIVES!

These rules have been designed to reduce the risk of cross infection as much as possible. Individuals not following these rules will be excluded from using the club. If continuous breaches occur, then the club will be closed.

The regulations will be notified to all members and posted within the steward’s hut on the inside of the door.

Please read carefully - you must always abide by them.

The club will make every effort to enable members to enjoy a Roll-Up/Open Play, but it is up to all members to do the right thing.  We accept there might be the odd accidental indiscretion, so it is incumbent on us all to remind fellow members of the rules and report continued transgressions to the Management Committee.  Failing to do the right thing could see that member or all members excluded from roll-ups with immediate effect if we are seen to act against the health and safety of ALL members.

IF FURTHER GUIDELINES ARE PUBLISHED FROM BOWLS ENGLAND WE WILL AMEND ACCORDINGLY AS SOON AS PRACTICABLE

 

The Management Committee

 

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