UPDATE: Revised 30th October, 2020.
Bowls Victoria today participated in a number of meetings with various departments and the State Government, which have resulted in confirmation of a number of changes to our previous advice.
This advice is current as of today, 30th October 2020, and affects clubs in both Metro Melbourne and Regional Victoria.
There are 3 key areas of change:
Masks are now mandatory, and all conflicting information has been corrected. This is a Victorian Government directive. Further detail can be found in the Return to Play Guidelines below.
ACCESS TO CLUBHOUSES
We have received clarification that access to clubhouses is permitted where there is a bar, café or restaurant. Clubs which only have a clubhouse, with no hospitality offering, are only permitted to open toilets and changerooms.
PLAYER NUMBERS & GREENS
Groups of up to 10 people are permitted outdoors on greens, but groups must now be 10m apart. This rule does not apply to pennant, pennant practice or other state events. Information on this change can be found in the sections titled “Number of Players” and “Types of Competitions”.
We understand that the ongoing changes will be causing frustration, however clubs should be prepared that there will be more to come, and quite likely prior to the next round of major changes due to be announced on the 8th of November.
We must stress that the content above is current at the time of publication but is subject to change, as the situation is still fluid.
More detailed information below: