Coronavirus related news.


In chronological order, the most recent is at the top.

Item   From Mainly about Other topics
10 28 Jul 20 Dave Woods AGM postponed Other meetings; Indoor & Outdoor comps
9 29 Jun 20 Dave Woods EBF Statement: Newark 2020; DurCent; Meetings; Ann Rtns; Potters
8 2 Jun 20 Dave Woods EBF Statement: Relaxation of lockdown measures
7 14 May 20 Dave Woods EBF Statement: opening greens – UPDATE.
6 13 May 20 Dave Woods EBF Statement: opening up of greens
5 9 May 20 Dave Woods Grants Sport England, Councils ++
4 19 Mar 20 Barbara Rushbrook Skegness Dinner  
3 18 Mar 20 Dave Woods Outdoor season Reg Jackson 2020
2 16 Mar 20 Dave Woods Newark Outdoor: pending
1 16 Mar 20 Dave Woods Newark: pending  

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10)   28July20 - Statement: AGM postponed; other meetings; Indoor & outdoor comps. 

Dave Woods (EBF Secretary) has today sent the following update to all National and County officials.


Good Morning All,
Hope you are all well and keeping safe.
I have been in contact with the Department of Culture, Media, and Sport regarding holding meetings during the next few months.
They say meetings should be discouraged unless it is of vital importance and then only a maximum of 30 people would be allowed. 
We have therefore decided to postpone the A.G.M., National Executive, and both the delegates meetings until early in 2021 when the situation may be clearer.
If we had decided to go ahead with the meetings, we would have had to put restrictions on numbers attending, as we would possibly have had 40 people at the October meetings and around 75 at the A.G.M. also the wearing of face masks would have been mandatory.
The venue would also have had to put in place steps to follow COVID-19 Secure guidelines and with social distancing in place, this would have been near impossible with the numbers we have attending.
Regarding the indoor championships, if the Counties who have not played their finals could complete them by the end of the year, this will give us a chance to decide how we go forward with the finals in April. At present we would not be able to go forward with them, because of the numbers involved, but by April hopefully, this will have changed.
At the moment Indoor clubs will be allowed to open but again the restrictions will be for 30 people in the club at one time and this will include any staff on duty. 
The Outdoor, I have taken this opportunity to send out the Outdoor entry form to all <county> secretaries. Please ask your members to enter the competitions as normal and hopefully, we will be able for these to go ahead. The teams who have entered this year's Durham Centenary will go forward to next year, also the team events have just been transferred from 2020 to 2021, all the Counties have agreed.
I am sure the membership will accept that these are strange times and we can only plan so much at this time.

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9)   29Jun20 - Statement: Newark cancelled; Durham Cent moved; Autumn meetings; Potters.

Latest Update on E.B.F. Matters.

Following the Prime Minister’s statement last week and after speaking with the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, we are now advised that unfortunately Indoor Bowls Clubs will remain closed for the foreseeable future.

With the indoors closed until at least August and when they do open there will be many restrictions including social distancing, we have decided to postpone the Indoor National Championships that were due to be held in September at Newark.

The finals hopefully, will now be played Monday 19th to Sunday 25th April 2021. This means that no finals either indoor or outdoor will be played in 2020.

For the Indoor it is intended that anyone qualifying for the 2020 finals will automatically be put forward to play in April 2021 finals, including the Derbyshire Trophy. We still have around 7 Counties still to play their County Finals; these should be able to take place before the end of this year, giving us time to decide the format for Newark 2021.

Outdoor: The Durham Centenary for 2021 will be for the clubs who have already qualified and the draw will remain the same. County matches have been moved a year from 2020 to 2021.

At this time we are not sure whether we will be able to hold the National meetings in October or the A.G.M. in November. We will keep you informed as and when we receive the information from the government. In case the A.G.M. goes ahead can I remind you all, that the closing date for motions is September 21st.

Regarding the ANNUAL RETURN of CLUB MEMBERS as at 31st AUGUST 2020. I will not be sending this out this year, as we will work on the forms sent last year. There will be no affiliation fees due this year as all clubs are now up to date with payments. If any County has clubs dropping out or new clubs coming in please let me have the details, also if there are any changes to County Officials.

We will not be producing a yearbook this year, basically because we have no new details to put in. If the A.G.M. goes ahead and there are changes we need to make, I will inform all the County Secretaries. With the National and I know at least some of the counties (if not all) their Presidents for 2020 have been extended to cover 2021.

Potters at the moment will be going ahead as planned from Monday 1st March to Friday 5th March 2021.


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8)   2Jun20 - Statement: Further relaxation of lockdown restrictions on bowling.

Further updates on playing Bowls received from the Government. Following on from the Government opening more measures.

The Government guidance now allows clubs to consider alternative formats with reduced numbers per rink – for example singles and pairs – in order for social distancing to be more easily maintained. Rinks of 3 would be allowed but you must have procedures in place to maintain social distancing.

Clubs may wish to allow spectators, however their attendance must be in line with Government guidelines on social distancing and the ability of the club to accommodate the additional numbers

Bowls clubs will need to communicate clearly and regularly with members and participants setting out what they are doing to manage risk, and what advice they are giving to individuals to do likewise.

Ideally clubs should publish an action plan detailing their plans to re-open safely and the steps they are taking to avoid confusion.

Clubs should also communicate clearly opening times and how people can safely access a facility, if relevant, for example through a booking or queuing system.

It is more important than ever to consider inclusive guidance for people who need support to be active and organisations should consider this as part of their work to encourage people to return.

The government is clear that sports participation should be restricted to participants exercising by themselves, with members from their same household, or in a group of no more than 5 other people from other households, while observing social distancing guidelines. The police have been given powers to enforce these measures.

To help everyone maintain good hygiene, consideration should be given to:

Using signs and posters to build awareness of good handwashing technique, the need to increase handwashing frequency, avoid touching your face and to cough or sneeze into your arm. Consider how to ensure safety messages reach those with hearing or vision impairments

Providing regular reminders and signage to maintain hygiene standards

Providing hand sanitiser in multiple locations in addition to washrooms

Setting clear use and cleaning guidance for toilets to ensure they are kept clean and social distancing is achieved

Enhancing cleaning for busy areas

Providing more waste facilities and more frequent rubbish collection

Using disposable paper towels in handwashing facilities.

Minimising use of portable toilets

Provision of automated hand sanitising dispensers in public places.

Public Health England has advised maintaining 2 metres (6ft) to reduce the risk of transmission of coronavirus.

Club Houses should still remain closed.

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7)   14May20 - Statement: Opening up of greens - UPDATE.

Further to my document yesterday, I have put together a further update from the government for which we must attain to when opening private or public greens.

Timetable for re-opening

Bowls facilities are now allowed to open.

Each venue, including council-owned sports facilities, will make their own decisions about when their facilities are ready to open and can be operated safely. Please check ahead on websites and social media to make sure before you arrive at a facility that it has reopened and what advice they are offering users, for example if there is a booking system.

You can play lawn bowls where facilities have reopened, but you can only take part in these activities by yourself, or with members of your household or with 1 person outside of your household, as long as you are able to maintain social distancing.

Changing rooms

Indoor facilities, apart from toilets and through-ways should be kept closed.

Maintaining hygiene, through handwashing, sanitisation facilities and toilets

To help everyone maintain good hygiene, consideration should be given to:

· Using signs and posters to build awareness of good hand washing technique, the need to increase hand washing frequency, avoid touching your face and to cough or sneeze into your arm

· Providing regular reminders and signage to maintain hygiene standards

· Providing hand sanitiser in multiple locations in addition to washrooms

· Setting clear use and cleaning guidance for toilets to ensure they are kept clean and social distancing is achieved as much as possible

· Enhancing cleaning for busy areas

· Providing more waste facilities and more frequent rubbish collection

· Replacing hand dryers with paper towels in handwashing facilities

· Minimising use of portable toilets

· Sufficient provision of automated hand sanitising dispensers in public places

Sharing Equipment:

Equipment can be shared, but you should enforce strong hygiene measures. This might be cleaning it rigorously in line with wider guidance on hygiene, for example by using antibacterial spray and washing hands thoroughly before and after use.

Communicating clearly and consistently. All Bowls clubs will need to communicate clearly and regularly with members and participants setting out what they are doing to manage risk, and what advice they are giving to individuals to do likewise.

Bowls clubs should also communicate clearly opening times and how people can safely access a facility, if relevant, for example through a booking or queuing system.

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6)   13May20 - Statement: Opening up of greens.

E.B.F. update on Outdoor Bowling.
Following Boris Johnson’s announcement on Sunday:

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (D.C.M.S) have now released instructions on when Bowling Clubs may re-open. Bowling green’s can now re-open from today Wednesday 13th May, You should only partake in such activities alone, with members of your household, or with one other person from outside your household, while practising social distancing. Competitions and competitive bowling will not be allowed at the present time. Clubhouses should remain closed and you should take particular care if you need to use any inside facilities. (E.g. Toilets).

Clubs should take all the necessary steps in order to facilitate their Club re-opening; some players are clearly keen to get back on the greens. It will be for individuals and Clubs to determine when they are ready to start bowling again. Inside facilities such as toilets should be cleaned more frequently, paying close attention to high-contact objects e.g. door handles. Employers should provide hand washing facilities or hand sanitisers at entry and exit points and on the greens.

Equipment must be placed outside for members to use and cleaned with sanitisers and disinfectants. There will be no facilities for changing.

The following instructions should be followed.

1. If you are showing corona virus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating, you should stay at home –and not play bowls, this is critical to staying safe and saving lives.

2. At all times, you should continue to observe social distancing guidelines when on Club Premises, including ensuring you are 2 metres away from anyone outside your household.

3. People will only be able to use these facilities, either by themselves, with people from their own household or with one other person who stays in another household.

4. Only singles games can be played unless all persons are from the same household.

5. The advice for those aged 70 and over continues to be that they should take particular care to minimise contact with others outside their household. If bowling they should be careful to maintain distance from others unfortunately, we know that as you get older, there is a higher risk of corona virus having a more serious impact with infection. Complications and deaths are more common in the elderly, even those without pre-existing conditions.

Dave Woods
E.B.F. National Secretary.

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5)   9May20 - Grants & Funding for clubs - options



Bowls clubs across England have secured almost £400,000 cash from Sport England’s Community Emergency Fund in just four weeks. “Clubs can also apply for the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG) available through their local Council and we strongly advise all affiliated Clubs to look into this further.”

To date, more than £8 million has been awarded in total by Sport England from the Community Emergency Fund, which was set up to help groups through immediate financial hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The fund has been developed to help community sport and physical activity organisations meet their obligations, in particular fixed costs, which are no longer supported with revenue as a result of coronavirus.

To find out more about the Sport England Community Emergency Fund and to submit an application go to:

To find out more about the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG), visit: Coronavirus (COVID-19): business support grant funding - guidance for businesses

 It has been brought to my attention that certain grants may be available to some if not all our clubs. I would strongly recommend that all clubs look at the options available.

Clubs who pay rates to their local council could get significant grants and should look at either the specific website or contact the department where they pay rates. Other grants may be available through the Community Emergency Fund, Sport England, Sport / Comic relief and Tesco Bags of help. I am afraid you will need to do your own contact with any or all of the above, please remember  nothing ventured nothing gained, Good luck.

        Thanks to Stuart Walsh from Suffolk for providing this information. 

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4)   19Mar20 - Skegness Dinner

Barbara has asked that the message be passed on that the Dinner at Skegness has been cancelled, following the cancellation of the Championships.  All monies paid will be refunded in the next week by Barbara.
Could you please let your members know.

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3)  18Mar20   6:00pm

Today, National Secretary Dave Woods has sent an email to National and County officials. The text of the email follows and then a more detailed statement about the basic consequences.
Following the statement there is further information about the Reg Jackson 2020.

"Good Afternoon All,     with all the uncertainty of the coronavirus and the decision made by Bowls England, we have now decided to make a statement on behalf of the Federation. It has now been decided that we have to cancel the outdoor championships for 2020".

This is the statement in full:-

                E.B.F. Season 2020. Corona virus Statement.

The English Bowling Federation has today announced the cancellation of all County games and Competitions for the 2020 season.

The Durham Centenary competition will be carried forward to 2021.

To be able to achieve the National Finals at Skegness, Counties would have to start playing their competitions in early May, but with advice coming from the Government it looks impossible for games to start that early.

We have been inundated with calls and emails from bowlers, who have concerns about playing with the Corona virus doing its rounds.

It is hoped that our members will continue to support their County and clubs and be ready to play when we are given the all clear to resume.

Although we will not be playing the 2020 National Outdoor Championships it is hoped that we will still be able to play the Indoor National finals at Newark in September.

With all the uncertainty we have also decided to cancel the Reg.Jackson tournament, anyone with an entry will be carried forward to the 2021 competition.

We are very sorry we have had to take this stance, but the health and safety of our members is more important than the game of bowls.

Anyone requiring further information, please feel free to contact the National Secretary by email on  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


With regard to the Reg Jackson Tournament 2020 . . . . . . unless a refund is requested your entry will be transferred to the 2021 competition. Anyone on the reserve list will get the chance to play if we have any requests for money to be returned.

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2)  16Mar20   8:00pm

Good Evening All,

Following our meeting yesterday and the Governments recommendations this afternoon, we have now agreed with Newark to postpone the Championships in April until later in the year.

I have had calls this afternoon saying various greens in the North have been closed and Counties are unable to play their finals. With all the above in mind I have spoken with the Chairman and agreed that we should postpone the finals now until September providing the virus has been contained by then.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this will cause to people but feel that we have to take action now rather than wait a few weeks.

I have provisionally arranged a new date with Newark for Monday 21st September until Sunday 27th September all being well.

Regarding the Outdoor season no decisions have been reached yet, but we will advise all Counties when we reach the agreement. 



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1)  16Mar20   8:30am

Following the Executive meeting yesterday, a message from Dave Woods:-

No firm decision was made on the championships, but it was agreed that a decision would be made before the 3rd April.
Depending what the government agree at their Cobra meeting later today and if as expected they put a ban on the elderly, then we will cancel Newark straight away as many of our competitors are within that age range. It is hoped that if this happens then the finals would take place late September or early October subject to Newark being available.

Sorry for any inconvenience this has caused


Dave Woods

E.B.F. National Secretary

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