Pandemic statement is not hopeful of bowling return
Updated: Jun 28, 2020
We are still waiting to hear from the BCGBA to learn how the new coronavirus rules announced on 23 June apply to our sport. Boris's statement on Tuesday was followed by more detailed guidance being issued by the Government yesterday. The guidance in that Government statement includes the following two paragraphs that do not raise hopes of a major change in policy for Veteran's League bowling.
Some people, including those aged 70 and over, those with certain underlying conditions and pregnant women, are clinically vulnerable, meaning they may be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. As we continue to ease restrictions, this group should continue to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside their household.
it will be against the law to gather in groups larger than 30 people, except for a limited set of circumstances to be set out in law. Police will have the power to break up groups larger than 30, apart from these exceptions
Whilst the second paragraph may not apply to most bowls matches it will certainly impact on the new Winter League where it is planned to have 40 bowlers gathered together every Tuesday. The introduction of a second green can overcome this particular problem.
However, we await the updated guidance from the BCGBA to put the meat on the bones of the Government statement as it is to be interpreted for bowling. Continue to watch this space.