Covid-19 Updates

MPB Inc Match Committee COVID-19 Update

As you all know there are currently Stage 4 COVID-19 restrictions in place in Victoria that do not allow participation in our much loved sport in the Mornington Peninsula Bowls Inc division (soon to be Region).We hope, like yourselves, that these restrictions will result in a large reduction in the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Victoria and allow a further round of reduced restrictions which will eventually allow our upcoming pennant, state events, twilight leagues and women’s only events to start as scheduled.Because of the volatility of the situation in Victoria we cannot reliably plan for the future however we can attempt to predict a few different scenarios that are most likely to occur involving our sport for which we can be prepared and then manage a suitable outcome for the member clubs on the Peninsula and their players.

Pennant Calendar
Scenario 1 – Saturday Pennant start on Sat 31 October 2020 and Midweek Pennant start on Tue 4 Nov 2020 as currently scheduled.Scenario 2 – Saturday Pennant start on or close to Sat 5 Dec 2020 and Midweek Pennant start on or close to Tue 8 Dec 2020 and complete 14 rounds.Scenario 3 – Saturday Pennant start on Sat 9 Jan 2021 and Midweek Pennant start on Tue 12 Jan 2021 and complete 14 rounds with the finals in early May.Scenario 4 – if we get a severely interrupted season, that a seven (7) round competition plus finals be played.

Pennant Format
We are confident that when there is a reduction in the restrictions 32 players will be allowed to play on a green, however if a lesser number is permitted we would look to re-format the competition to match what we can have on the greens. We have considered a variety of different formats and, if required, will announce them when we have a clearer indication of allowable numbers. Once the season starts with a format, the whole season will continue to completion with that format.

State Events
In the event that the State Events cannot start on the scheduled date or are severely interrupted, there is the possibility that the ‘Calendar of Events’ for the qualifying rounds and Finals will be compressed to get the events completed in time for the State Titles.The participants may be required to play the events at alternate times than otherwise scheduled i.e. in the evenings, on public holidays and even ‘extra’ games on a game day. Availability of venues could be critical along with compliance with social distancing.Adherence to a flexible schedule is paramount.

Looking forward with eager anticipation to having everyone back on the green enjoying club representative pennant bowls and the challenge of state events. 

In the meantime Keep Safe and Healthy,
The Mornington Peninsula Bowls Match Committee

COVID-19 IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR CLUBS FROM BOWLS VIC

Mornington Shire has given the go ahead for us to re open the Club under these guidelines. Keep up the great work adhering to the restrictions and happy bowling.

Includes advice from July 9th, 2020

𝗖𝗢𝗩𝗜𝗗-𝟭𝟵: 𝗜𝗺𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝘂𝗽𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗰𝗹𝘂𝗯𝘀
Today we received 𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘣𝘢𝘭 advice from Sport & Recreation Victoria (Victorian Government) and Vicsport regarding use of greens, and can now advise clubs of the following…

𝗖𝗹𝘂𝗯𝘀 𝗹𝗼𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝗠𝗲𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗽𝗼𝗹𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗻 𝗠𝗲𝗹𝗯𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗻𝗲 & 𝗠𝗶𝘁𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝗦𝗵𝗶𝗿𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗹 𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘀:
As per the Premier’s advice on Tuesday July 7 and confirmation from Sport & Recreation Victoria and VicSport this afternoon, the following applies for all clubs located in the Metropolitan Melbourne & Mitchell Shire areas, for the next 6 weeks (until August 20, 2020) – 𝘀𝘂𝗯𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗮𝗹 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗹𝗼𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗹.

➡️ Indoor Bowls facilities in Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell must remain closed.

➡️ Members must contact their local club as to when they are open.

➡️ Maximum of 10 people per green, and a maximum of 2 people per rink.

➡️ 1.5m minimum distance must be maintained between each rink.

➡️ All Jacks & Mats must be cleaned and disinfected before and after use, and only handled by one person.

➡️ Club houses must be closed (other than bathroom facilities).

➡️ Clubs must receive approval from their local council to open their Club.

Further information will be posted on our website and emailed to clubs as soon as written advice is received from the relevant state authorities.

Please continue to stay safe and healthy, and thank you for being patient as we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 situation.

Look after yourself. Look after your mates.

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RETURN TO BOWLS GUIDELINES FROM BOWLS VIC – Stage 3

Includes advice from the June 18th, 20th and 23rd 2020.

The Mornington Shire Council has as of today given us the go ahead to trade as per the latest guidelines. Our Bar trading will commence as of 4:00pm today as per Vic gov guidelines.

STAGE 3 – Easing of restrictions

With regard to the Victorian Premier’s latest announcement on Saturday June 20, Bowls Victoria has one change to the previously communicated Stage 3 advice.

Clubhouses with licensed venues can operate for no more than 20 people and not the previously advised 50 people as per the State Government guidelines for bars and clubs.

Please continue to follow the ‘general around the green hygiene’ advice below as we all continue to do our bit to stay safe on the green.

As per the ‘non-contact competition’ advice from the Victorian Government & VicSport, the Metropolitan Pennant Divisional Finals (Weekend & Midweek) will proceed as advised.


Thursday, June 18th 2020

Thanks for being patient as we navigate through the release of easing of restrictions (Stage 3) from the Victorian Government.

Following the planned easing of restrictions from the Victorian Government and discussions with Sport & Recreation Victoria, VicSport and Bowls Australia, the below information from Bowls Victoria lists significant steps forward for our sport returning to play in a full capacity (pending further announcements from the Victorian State Government).

This advice is general in nature and the COVID-19 situation is forever changing. Please keep an eye on bowlsvic.org.au and our Bowls Victoria Facebook Page for any further updates.

Bowls Clubs and Bowls Regions are encouraged to apply for a short-term survival package from the Victorian State Government as part of helping our sport reboot, rebound and recover from COVID-19.


Club grants are available for up to $1,000 and Region grants are up to $15,000. For more information, please click here or contact your local Regional Bowls Manager.


The following advice is for our Bowls Victoria Clubs and members as of Monday June 22. Until the Victorian Government releases a further update (estimated to be in mid-July), these measures are for the foreseeable future, to keep Victorian Bowlers safe.

General Information:

  • Clubs can accommodate up to 32 people on an outdoor green at any one time.
  • Clubs with an indoor green can accommodate up to 20 people only.
  • Clubs can have up to 8 players on a rink, but if 8 players are on a rink, rinks must be spaced 1.5m apart.
  • Spectators around an outdoor green at all matches are limited to 20 people per green (spectators are numbers in addition to those playing) and should be scattered around the perimeter at least 1.5m apart.
  • Club houses with licensed venues can operate for 20 people as per the Premier’s advice from June 20.
  • Club houses (non-licensed) can re-open as per the Premier’s advice for up to 20 people.
  • Changerooms and showers can open for up to 20 people.
  • Club Championship Games (and other competitions) are permitted.
  • Clubs must have all appropriate signage at the club to advise members on the requirements of play in Stage 3.
  • NSW clubs affiliated with Bowls Victoria should also consider and abide by their State Government legislation.
  • Clubs must keep a list of who attends the venue/club and keep a record of their phone number and at what day/time they arrived at the club to assist with contact tracing if required. Download the BV Contact Tracing Register.
  • Corporate and Barefoot Bowls is permitted for up to 32 people per green, but clubs must keep a record of each visitors’ phone number and what day/time they arrived and departed at the club to assist with contact tracing if required. Bowls Victoria recommends that these types of programs are held off until the middle of July when the next lifting of restrictions are predicted.

Bowls:

  • Bowlers must practice social distancing (1.5m apart) always.
  • Up to 8 People per rink is permitted.
  • Rinks should be positioned a minimum of 1.5 metres apart.

General Around the Green Hygiene:

  • Please refrain from shaking hands, high-fives or any contact with others and keep 1.5m apart.
  • Please refrain from handling other people’s bowls.
  • Mats and jacks should be handled by a minimal amount of people.
  • Please keep your hands clean by having sanitiser readily available at the club.
  • Wash your hands before and after play.
  • Wear clean uniform.
  • If you are feeling unwell then you should not attend the club under any circumstances.
  • Members in a high-risk category should strongly consider whether they should or should not be playing as per their own circumstances and/or medical advice.
  • If a member is sick or comes into contact with someone that may have tested positive to COVID-19, the club must let Bowls Victoria know immediately.

Club Poster – COVID-19 Guidelines for Participants

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Pennant & State Championships Updates

Bowls Victoria are committed to providing safe environments to play our remaining Metropolitan Pennant Matches & State Championships.

As per the above advice, competition matches scheduled from June 22 will be limited to 20 spectators and will proceed ahead as per advertised.

More information will be sent to competing clubs and players regarding Pennant & State Championships before Monday June 22.

Kind Regards,
The team at Bowls Victoria.

RETURN TO BOWLS GUIDELINES FROM BOWLS VIC – Stage 2

Monday May 25th, 2020

STAGE 2 – Easing of restrictions

Following the Victorian State Government’s announcement (Sunday May 24) of planned lifting of COVID-19 restrictions entering Stage 2, Bowls Victoria lists the measures which must be adhered to for Stage 2 from Sunday May 31 at 11:59pm through to June 22(pending further announcements from the State Government).

As mentioned previously, the sole priority at this point in time is safe social opportunities to play Bowls. We want Bowlers to stay socially connected with others in small groups, practicing the sport that we all enjoy.


In addition to the Stage 1 Restrictions previously communicated, the following will also apply from Sunday May 31 at 11:59pm:

  • Maximum of 20 people permitted per green (maintaining a maximum of 4 people per rink).
  • Spectators not permitted at the Club.
  • Club rooms open for toilet use and meetings can take place at the club, indoors, for up to 20 people (social distancing still required).
  • Club social bowls is permitted for 20 people per green. No club vs club competition should be taking place at this time.

As a reminder, general hygiene practices include:

  • Clean hands by having hand sanitizer readily available at the club,
  • Refrain from shaking hands and ‘high-fiving’ others.
  • All mats & jacks should be thoroughly cleaned before being used.
  • Wash your hands before and after play.
  • Refrain from handling other people’s bowls.
  • Do not attend the club if you are feeling unwell.

STAGE 2 > Club Poster – COVID-19 Guidelines for Participants

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A reminder that in these difficult times, your Club and Region should apply for a short-term survival package from the Victorian State Government as part of helping our sport reboot, rebound and recover from COVID-19.

Club grants are available for up to $1,000 and Region grants are up to $15,000. For more information, please click here or contact your local Regional Bowls Manager.

ADDENDUM TO BULLETIN 5 – MAY – 2020

  • The Clubrooms will not be open. Please arrive with your gate key, just in case. 
  • The top green will be in use from 10am until 5.30pm each day for roll up only. There is no booking system – first in, first dressed. 
  • Nigel will set up the rinks each day (thank you Nige). 
  • Five rinks will be available with 2 members per rink. (The bottom green will be maintained, but at this stage ONLY the top green will be in use.) 
  • Members who have not yet paid their 2020/21 fees will not be able to participate as they will not be covered for accidents. Visitors are not permitted to participate. 
  • All members attending must sign in. Please also record the time you leave. The attendance book and sanitiser are located on the Umpires’ Box. 
  • Please use the hand sanitizer on arrival at and departure from the Club. Remember not to shake hands, high five or hug. 
  • Each session will run on the hour. Please stick to the time to allow others to play. If you arrive at 12.10 pm and 10 people are on the green, please leave and come back for 1pm. If you arrive at 12.10 pm and there are only 8 people on the green, feel free to take a rink, but be prepared to leave at 1pm. 
  • Mats should be sprayed with disinfectant when you complete your session. Jacks are in the container with disinfectant. Please return the jack to that container when you are finished. This container will be emptied and refreshed each day. 
  • If you wish to have a drink or something to eat during the time you are at the Club, please bring your own. No BYO alcohol please. 
  • Remember to wash your personal bowls cloth once you have used it. The virus can live on your cloth for 72 hours if not washed. 
  • If more than 10 people are on the green at one time, ALL will be asked to leave by a Board / Committee representative. 
  • We will do everything possible to make you safe at the Bowls Club. If you are unsure about attending, please stay at home. 

RETURN TO BOWLS GUIDELINES FROM BOWLS VIC – Stage 1

Tuesday May 12th, 2020

Following the Victorian State Government’s planned lifting of COVID-19 restrictions yesterday (Monday May 11) and after further discussion with Sport and Recreation Victoria, Vic Sport and Bowls Australia, the below information from Bowls Victoria lists the measures to ensure that we can return to the sport that we all enjoy playing from Tuesday May 12 at 11:59pm to Sunday May 31 (pending further announcements from the State Government).

The sole priority at this point in time is safe social opportunities to play Bowls. We want Bowlers start to socially connect with others in small groups, practicing the sport that we all enjoy.

Bowls Victoria will continue to liaise with the Victorian State Government, VicSport and Bowls Australia to provide specific advice for Bowlers for the month of June.

This advice is general in nature and the COVID-19 situation is forever changing. Please keep an eye out on bowlsvic.org.au and our Bowls Victoria Facebook page for any further updates in regard to Bowls restrictions.

As between the period of Wednesday May 13 and Sunday May 31, the following must be adhered to for all Bowls Victoria Affiliated Clubs.

Clubs:

  • Should advise their members whether their Bowling Green is open or closed after Wednesday May 13. 
  • Bowlers must contact their club to check whether they are open, available (within visitor number limits), and ready for a roll.
  • Clubs should also check with their local council that that they have permission to re-open their club.
  • Clubs should have all appropriate signage to advise members on the requirements of play.
  • Clubs should be open to members only.
  • NSW clubs should also consider and abide by their State Government legislation.

Practicing Bowls:

  • Clubs are permitted to have 10 people maximum per green (including a coach).
  • Rinks must be positioned a minimum of 1.5 metres apart at all times.
  • Maximum of 4 Bowlers per rink at any one time. Bowlers should practice social distancing (1.5 meters apart) at all times.

General Around-the-Green Hygiene:

  • Please refrain from shaking hands, high-fives or any contact with others and keep 1.5 meters apart.
  • Please refrain from handling other people’s bowls.
  • Please keep your hands clean by having sanitizer readily available at the club.
  • Wash your hands before and after play.
  • If you’re feeling unwell then you should not attend the club under any circumstances.
  • All mats and jacks must be thoroughly cleaned before being used.
  • Please refrain from picking up Jacks and instead (where possible) kick jacks with your feet.
  • Please refrain from multiple people handling mats.

Facility Use:

  • Clubs may use toilets at their facility.
  • Club houses, bars, eating areas, indoor sitting areas, showers and change rooms must remain closed.
  • Bars and restaurants attached to a Bowling Club that are already offering takeaway or delivery services can continue. No sit-down meals or drinks are permitted.

General Information:

  • Practice must be limited to 10 people per green.
  • Members in a high-risk category should strongly consider whether they should or should not be playing as per their own circumstances and/or medical advice.
  • Clubs should be aware that Bowls are limited to practice at this stage and no organised competition Bowls are permitted (For instance; this is not the period of time where your club should be scheduling a club pairs match).
  • Clubs must keep a list of who attends the venue/club and at what time (arrival and departure times) to assist with contact tracing if required.
  • No spectators are permitted to watch anyone practice (unless they are driving a bowler to and from their practice session), clubs should remain a spectator free environment until Bowls Victoria advises otherwise.

Until the Victorian Government releases a further update (estimated to be in early June 2020), these measures are for the foreseeable future, to keep Victorian Bowlers safe.

Bowls Victoria are committed to providing safe environments to play our remaining State Championship events and remaining Metropolitan Pennant matches. More information will be released upon these two respective competitions in June pending further government advice.


Club Poster – COVID-19 Guidelines for Participants

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