Since March 20, 2020, we have suspended all of our Bowling Club activities and we have locked our clubhouse until further notice because of the Covid-19 pandemic. After almost 5 months, I am glad to let you know that we are beginning to see some light at the end of the tunnel. Following the directives of Bowls Canada, Bowls BC, the Provincial Health Ministry and the Richmond City, our current plan for Phase 1 Return to Play is to start on August 20, 2020. Phase 1 is defined as open for Practice/Training and Bowler Development only, no club sanctioned games or activities.
However, we have to follow guidelines prepared by Bowls BC as well as developing club specific guidelines for Phase 1 bowling at Richmond Lawn Bowling Club. Although the purpose of those guidelines is to mitigate the risk of contracting COVID-19, it is up to the individual to understand their risks and make a decision about whether or not to participate.
Below is a summary of what documents are required for Phase 1, the date and time of the practice sessions and how to sign-up, and access to the lockers for personal belongings. The referenced documents are also attached. There are lots of rules to be observed in the attached Phase 1 Guidelines. Please study it carefully before you join the practice.
Due to the change in weather, the greens will now be open for Phase 1 play at the following times only:
Wednesday afternoon 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 pm.
Friday afternoon 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Saturday afternoon 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 pm.
Sunday afternoon 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The schedule may be revised as we monitor members’ usage of the greens and the ongoing situation of the COVID-19.
Club officials or appointed monitors will be present whenever the green is open. The monitors will be responsible to ensure that the guidelines are being followed and that members play at their allotted time. The monitors will have the authority to dismiss any member who is not following these guidelines.
Clubhouse will be closed. Please use the public washrooms next to the clubhouse.
The lockers will not be used in Phase 1 of bowling. During the first 4 phase 1 practice sessions (August 20, 23, 27 and 30) , members will be allowed once to access their lockers to retrieve their personal items. After that, no one will be able to access the lockers.
Required documents on first visit:
a. Acknowledgement of the RLBC Phase 1 Return to Play (RTP) Guidelines
b. Liability Waiver - requires photo identity document such as passport, driver's license or BC Service Card to be verified by the duty monitor
c. Daily Symptom Screening Questionnaire (required for every visit)
The club will provide printed copies of the above documents for members’ use.
Phase 1 practice sessions:
Physical distancing by staying a minimum of 2 metres away from each other at all times will be practiced.
The wearing of face masks is recommended but not mandatory of which shall be the individual bowler’s discretion and responsibility.
Only every alternate rink will be used. So, there will be a maximum of 4 rinks in use on each of the 2 greens with a maximum of 4 bowlers per rink.
The City of Richmond has created a link for members to book a time and rink for the week. Our first week of practice sessions will be August 20 and August 23. This is how it works:
- Monday, August 17 - the link to the Google Sheet for sign-up will be sent out to all members to book a rink for practice for the day and time as specified above.
- Our second week of practice will be August 27 and August 30. The link for sign-up will be sent to all members on Monday, August 24 and play time on Thursday and Sunday similar to the first week.
- Subsequently, the sign-up link will be sent out to members on every Monday.
Please note that NO bowlers are allowed at the facility unless they have a valid booking on the Google Sheet for the designated time slot.
Pushers, delivery mats and scoreboards are not to be used.
Bowlers will use their own bowls. Only 2019 new members can use club bowls if needed and return to the monitor after play.
Bowlers must take home their own bowls, footwear and other personal equipment and properly dispose of their own waste materials.
No measures are to be used. Judgement by eye only. No agreement, no score.
To have a smooth Phase 1 reopening, your cooperation and patience will be most needed.