Updated: 9th April 2021

We are pleased to share with you the latest ‘Return to Play’ guidance ahead of the move to ‘Step 2’ on Monday 12 April.

The key changes for our sport at Step 2 are:

  • Outdoor hospitality can open in accordance with the government guidance on hospitality settings
  • Changing rooms can be opened, but participants should be encouraged to avoid or minimise use where possible. Participants should socially distance whilst in changing rooms. Subject to available space, more than one household can use changing facilities at one time but they must not mix and must adhere to capacity limits set by the club. Face coverings should be worn at all times when indoors
  • Travel should be minimised but can take place for the purpose of sport and physical activity. Car sharing, however, is not permitted
  • Spectators are only allowed on public land, where they must adhere to social gathering limits either in groups of six or two households
  • Further flexibility has been provided with regard to playing formats and arrangements

The return of sport and physical activity is vital to the physical and mental health of the nation, and we know our sport has a big role to play in providing an opportunity for outdoor activity as the lockdown restrictions ease.

The guidance we have developed below for our affiliated clubs supplements the Government guidance by covering situations specific to the sport of lawn bowls:

You can find our revised domestic competitions programme for 2021, offering our competitive bowlers the opportunity to compete in a Covid-friendly manner.

We are keen to ensure that affiliated clubs can reopen safely and responsibly as we look forward to the 2021 season. We have been working with our development arm, the Bowls Development Alliance, to create a number of resources to support clubs. You can find out more about our ‘Back to Bowls’ resources here.

Bowls’ Big Weekend, taking place over the Spring Bank Holiday of the 2021 season (Friday 28th to Monday 31st May), is our national initiative offering clubs the opportunity to promote our welcoming and socially-distanced sport and attract new members. To ensure that you are the first to receive notification when new material is available, sign-up here.

If your club is not affiliated to Bowls England, please email us at clubs@bowlsengland.com and we can take you through the affiliation process, including connecting you with your County Association. The Club Services section on our website explores all of the benefits and explains how our clubs can make the most of affiliation.

We can’t wait to see you all back on the green!

Additional Information:

Bowls England
16th March 2021: ‘Return to Play’ Guidance (Step One)

Sport England
17th June 2020: Sport England Hygiene Resource Pack 

Sutton Winson
22nd May 2020: COVID-19 Update – Reopening your Club
22nd May 2020: COVID-19 Club Reopening Checklist

World Bowls
30th March 2020: World Bowls Championships Rescheduled
17th March 2020: World Bowls Championships Postponed


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