Bowls Guidance

Following updated government guidance, bowling greens are now open. They can only be used under the following restrictions and guidance:

At all times, you should continue to observe social distancing guidelines, ensuring you are 2 metres away from anyone outside your own household. 

The advice for those aged 70 and over continues to be that they should take particular care to minimise contact with others outside their household.

Anyone who has been advised to shield by the NHS or their GP should continue to do this until at least the end of June (pending further Government advice at that time) and must not use the facility.

You should not use these facilities if you are showing Coronavirus symptoms or if you or any of your household are self-isolating.

You can play with one other person from a different household, but social distancing guidelines must be observed with this person.

Only the following play formats are allowed:

  • Individuals playing bowls on their own on a single rink
  • Two individuals from two different households playing on a single rink (no marker)
  • Members of the same household on a single rink (no marker unless from same household)
  • You alone should handle your own equipment and personal bowls.
  • No handshakes or ‘high fives etc.
  • The bowls mat should only be handled by one player and disinfected/cleaned before and after each use.
  • Two jacks (one at each end) should be used and these should be set by one player only throughout the session. They should be disinfected/cleaned before and after each use.
  • Scoreboards must not be used. One player should keep score on a notepad or scorecard.
  • There should be a gap of at least one rink between play. For example, if the green has 6 rinks numbered 1 to 6 then only 1, 3 and 5 or 2, 4 and 6 may be used together.

All play must stop when green maintenance is taking place.

Players must not engage with or come into contact with green keepers.

You must accept that green quality will not be up to usual standards because of a reduction in ground maintenance capacity.

Clubhouses should not be used unless absolutely necessary. If it is necessary, you can use toilets and throughways to the toilets. Safe routes to the toilet must be clearly marked. Regular cleaning of these facilities must be carried out if they are used. It is the responsibility of individual clubs to carry out this cleaning.

You should not use any communal areas such as kitchens.

You should wash your hands with hot water and soap as soon as possible after play. If facilities are not available, use hand sanitiser instead. It is the responsibility of individual clubs ensure this is available on site.

The club secretary, or any other designated person, must take responsibility for organisation of a booking system to use the green.

A 20 minute gap between bookings should be implemented.

You must not arrive before your designated timeslot.

The club secretary, or any other designated person, must take responsibility for the implementation of these restrictions and guidelines.

Further guidance from Bowls England can be found online at: