We eventually heard from the EIBA at the close of business last night. They have been waiting to hear from the Sports Minister at the Sports and Culture government office but, since it has not yet been forthcoming, the EIBA ( aware that clubs have very little time to respond ) have gone ahead and issued their guidance.
Basically it is as the government has stated – all restrictions are lifted as of 19th July. We have decided to go with our original summer etiquette which is that all restrictions are lifted but, if you wish to practise caution, that is your prerogative. However, when playing both teams must unanimously agree the guidelines. If one person within the two teams is still a little uncomfortable with reverting to normal, then both teams must respect their wishes and follow the rules which have been in place up to now.
There is no longer any need to socially distance. The wearing of masks is not compulsory. There is no restriction on the number of people at a table in the lounge area. If you feel comfortable, you may shake hands at the beginning and end of a game. One jack is fine provided both leads agree. Each lead may place his or her own mat. Bowls may be touched by hand. The score board may be touched by anyone. We still suggest that the sanitisers are used and equipment is cleaned at the start and end of a game. To sum up, we can revert to pre-Covid times provided everyone is comfortable. In essence, you are free to make your own judgement of the risk. Life is a risk. We just try to minimise the risk in whatever we do.
Of course, if you feel unwell and are experiencing any of the Covid 19 symptoms, you must not come to the club.
Don’t forget, there is no obligation to do anything with which you are unhappy. Bowling is our hobby. We are here to enjoy ourselves and that is why we are welcoming everyone back with open arms to come and enjoy bowling in whichever way you feel comfortable.
Freedom day is finally here. Enjoy!
Take care, Linda.