What Bowls will look like in 2020

From Bowls Australia dated 4/5/2020

  • The guidelines below will only come into effect once any individual state legislation and/or restrictions are relaxed.

As long as the following guidelines are adhered to, bowls activity can include practice and/or roll-ups, social play and smaller club competitions (e.g. singles and pairs events) on outdoor greens only. There is to be no play on indoor greens (except in WA).


  • The responsibility lies with individual clubs to ensure that:

  • they are fully aware of and compliant with their own State or Territory Government and STA advice, and

  • all of these guidelines are adhered to and engage any staffing/volunteers required as necessary to fulfil the guidelines.

  • Hand sanitiser is to be made available at the entrance to the club and beside each green in use.

  • Disinfectant spray must be made available beside mat/jack boxes. After each use, all mats and jacks must be thoroughly cleaned before being used again.

  • Any club bowls that are loaned to players are to be thoroughly cleaned before and after use.

  • Clubs may need to implement a booking system to facilitate rink bookings, to conform with guidelines. Best practice is that a register of attendees is kept, just in case a communicable illness were to occur.

  • No indoor club meetings are to occur at this stage (except in WA). Any meetings held on the club premises should be held outdoors, employ physical distancing of 1.5m and be limited to the number of people determined by state-specific social gathering limits. Individuals should leave the premises immediately after the conclusion of meetings.

  • Where possible, outdoor-accessible toilets should be open. At the very least, hand washing facilities should be available.

  • No barefoot bowls groups to be hosted at this stage.

Bowls Activity:

  • Subject to the state-specific social gathering and distancing restrictions, up to four people are allowed to play together and the 1.5m social distancing rule is to be observed at all times.

  • There must be one rink space (an empty rink) between each rink in use.

  • A maximum of 10 persons are allowed per green at any one time. Clubs may need to have a booking system in place to facilitate. Clubs with more than one green need to ensure that compliance is achieved with respect to social distancing restrictions.

  • All players are to use separate mats and jacks (or ensure that the same player on each rink places mats or places/rolls jacks).

  • Other bowls equipment cannot be shared between players (e.g. bowls, cloths, measures etc).

  • Disinfectant spray must be made available beside mat/jack boxes and between each use, all mats and jacks must be thoroughly cleaned by players.

  • Players should practice safe hygiene at all times, including washing hands for at least 20 seconds before and after bowls.

  • Individuals must leave the premises immediately after the conclusion of play and cleaning of equipment.

  • Coaching should be limited to no more than a coach and two other people at the time and all practicing physical distancing of 1.5m during the coaching session.

  • No barefoot bowls activity.

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