***WBIBC PROVISIONAL DATE FOR RE-OPENING – “NO EARLIER THAN 17th MAY”***
THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE EIBA HAS ISSUED THE FOLLOWING UPDATE:
Following the Prime Minister’s Statement to Parliament this week on how the Government propose to ease lockdown restrictions and offer the Country a route back to a more normal life, the EIBA can summarise what this means for the sport of Indoor Bowls in England: –
Step 1 No earlier than 29th March 2021
- Indoor Bowls Clubs to remain closed, unless Clubs have arrangements with schools for pupils to participate in after school clubs.
Step 2 No earlier than 12th April 2021
- Indoor bowls clubs will be able to open and have individuals or people from the same household play on the same rink.
- Club shops will be able to open.
- Club bar and restaurant only able to serve people outside via table service.
Step 3 No earlier than 17th May 2021
- Indoor bowls clubs will be able to allow up to 6 bowlers from different households or members of 2 households on a rink.
- Club Bar and Restaurant will be able to serve people indoors via table service for up to 6 people or members of 2 households.
Step 4 No earlier than 21st June 2021
- It is hoped that all limits on social contact are removed and Indoor Bowls can return to normal.
At all stages the Government will make decisions on specific restrictions such as social distancing, face coverings, vaccination certificates etc so these will need to be factored in the planning prior to any re-opening.
Please note that the provisional dates for each step may change if the government believes it is not safe to move to the next phase.
The EIBA will continue to update its Clubs, Counties and bowlers once more details are received for each step.
Peter Thompson, Chief Executive EIBA
Issued on 25/02/21
West Berks Indoor Bowls Club is proud to be one of the finest indoor bowls clubs in Berkshire.
Our purpose-built Indoor Bowls Club houses six superb air-conditioned rinks with a comfortable lounge/bar and restaurant facilities.
The Club’s aim is to encourage its members to play and enjoy the sport of indoor bowls regardless of their age, ability or experience. Coaching is available on Saturday mornings for anyone who wants to learn how to play or to improve their game.
For those with a competitive streak, we hold internal and external competitions up to County and National level as well as a varied programme of Ladies, Men’s and Mixed internal Leagues and friendly inter-club matches.
However, if you are looking for a gentle, social yet healthy approach we have regular two hour sessions where you can play with a group of like-minded bowlers for just £3.20.
New Members are always welcome and your first ‘taster’ session is always FREE. Our team of qualified coaches will ensure that you will be made welcome and enjoy your bowling experience with us.
We hope you all managed to make the most of your Christmas and New Year celebrations, despite the restrictions of Tier 4. I’m sure we are all glad to see the back of 2020. It’s been a horrible year.
With the roll out of the vaccination programme, we can now look forward to a much happier, healthier and normal 2021.
We will, of course, re-open the club once we are told by the Government that it is safe to do so. Like you, we don’t know when this will be, but the future looks brighter.
With best wishes for a happier and healthier 2021.
Stay well, stay safe
The Bowls Committee
The Government has announced that Berkshire will move into Tier 3 from Saturday, 19th December. The club will therefore remain closed until further notice.
It is worrying for us all that the number of people testing positive for Covid-19 in West Berkshire is rising rapidly. Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health, has said this rise in transmission was a “warning to us all that even after such a difficult year, we must stay vigilant”.
Enjoy your Christmas but please stay safe and follow the Government guidelines for Tier 3.
Merry Christmas to all and we look forward to meeting up again in 2021.
In order to control Covid-19, the Government has re-introduced a 3-Tier system from Wednesday, 2nd December. Along with many areas of England, West Berkshire has been placed in Tier 2.
We understand that for clubs in Tier 2 organised indoor bowls will only be permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with). We await clarification from our governing body, the EIBA, on what this will allow Indoor Bowls Clubs to provide. Pending this clarification, the Directors have taken the decision that WBIBC will NOT re-open on Thursday, 3rd December as planned. If this changes, we will notify you immediately.
The Government will be reviewing the areas within each Tier on 16th December 2020 (or before), which could see areas move up or down a level. It is hoped that West Berkshire will move back to Tier 1 and the club will be able to re-open at this time.
Please rest assured that as soon as we have any further information/clarification, we will let members know.
Stay well, stay safe