COVID-19 Playing Lawn Bowls Guidance
By Dr. Anna Witt (Central Division)
- Follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. https://www.cdc.gov/. Persons with acute illness or exposure to illness should self-quarantine for at least 14 days. They should not participate in lawn bowling activities. If you feel sick, STAY HOME.
- Many cities and communities are closing non-essential businesses and issuing stay at home orders. If your local government tells you to do so then, please follow those mandates and STAY HOME.
- Getting exercise is important and if your local government and club allows, then here are some guidelines to follow while still practicing social distancing (keeping a distance of 6 feet from others):
- Do not gather in the clubhouse.
- Hands should be sanitized before and after play.
- Leave an empty rink between your game and the game next to you.
- Keep to individual practice, singles or pairs. No triples or rinks.
- Maintain a distance of 6 feet from other players.
- No spitting or licking of fingers.
- Use a clean towel each game. Take home and launder used towels.
- If playing singles or pairs, limit the responsibilities of players
- Jacks. Pre-set the jack (preferred) OR only allow one person to pick up/handle the jack for the entire game. Sanitize the jack before and after play.
- Rakes. Do not use rakes (preferred) OR designate one person to touch and use the rake for the entire game. Sanitize the rake before and after play.
- Measuring. Do not measure with a tape (preferred) OR if it must be done, limit to one designated person for the entire game without touching the jack or bowls. Sanitize the measure before and after play.
- Bowls. Players should touch and handle their own bowls for the duration of play. Bowls should be sanitized before and after play.