Guidelines for Covid-19 Alert Level 2 – Greater Auckland Region from Bowls New Zealand

This email was sent to the clubs directly earlier this week – for your information

Dear All

Ahead of next week’s change of Covid-19 Alert Level for the Auckland region, we thought it would be useful to you all if we provided our thoughts on the application of the Government’s Alert Level 2 restrictions as applicable to the Auckland region from midnight on Sunday 30th August.

While Alert Level 2 provides an easing of many of the restrictions that are presently in place, the restrictions on gatherings in the Auckland region are to be different to those elsewhere in the country; i.e. gatherings are restricted to ten people or less.

We therefore offer the following recommendations for your consideration and application at your bowling club:

  1.  Play / Practice
  • Club members may engage in bowls activities providing there is no cross-over between rinks on the same day
  • Greens should be restricted to
    • FOUR rinks (no less than 5m wide) for Fours play
    • FIVE rinks (no less than 5m wide) for Triples play
    • SIX rinks (no less than 5m wide) for Singles and Pairs play

n.b. For Fours and Triples play, all rinks must be 3m apart

  • Players should
    • observe social/physical distancing protocols at all times
    • ensure only one person from each team is responsible for the handling of jacks and mats
    • ensure only one person from each team is responsible for the scoreboard operation
    • remain within their “rink bubble” if entering the clubhouse post-match / post-practice
  • Players should not
    • shake hands with their playing partners or opposition
    • touch any bowls other than their own
    • interact with any players on any adjacent rink

2. Tournaments

  • Due to the nature of tournament play and the associated cross-overs, we recommend that clubs should not stage any tournaments while “Auckland Alert Level 2” is active, unless that tournament involves 10 people or less on the green.

3. Clubhouse

  • No more than 100 people in the clubhouse at any one time with no more than 10 people in any one group (bubble)
  • Attendance at the club should be restricted to club members only (no guests or visitors from other clubs)
  • Members should not gather at kitchen or bar serving areas (table service for food and beverages shall apply as per hospitality industry guidelines)
  • Groups of members at tables / leaners shall be restricted to 10 or less people (as above) and those people must not interact with other people or groups (except where it is possible to do so whilst following social distancing protocols).

4. General

  • Members who are unwell should not attend the club
  • Members who have a weak or lower than normal immune system should not attend the club
  • Contact tracing protocols must be in place, including the Covid-19 Contact Tracing QR Code being on display and an alternate (pen and paper) option being available
  • Excellent hygiene facilities must be provided by the club and should be used by members.

We hope that the above guidelines are helpful to you and your members and thank you for your ongoing patience as we all navigate our way through the challenge that is presented by the Covid-19 virus.

Should you require any clarification of the above recommendations, please let me know.

Kia kaha

Chris Lander

General Manager – Clubs & Community


+64 21 109 5965

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