***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