Coronavirus

Bowling Fixtures & Events.

Extracts below are from Various Websites Such as NHS.uk, Gov.uk & WHO.int latest updates will be provided by them.

Most people can continue to go to work, school and other public places.

You only need to stay away from public places (self-isolate) if advised to by the NHS 111 online coronavirus service or a medical professional.

People of all ages can get coronavirus. Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) are more likely to become severely ill with the virus.

                Older people are most bowling members.

Everyone should consider appropriate action in line with the advice.

People of all ages should follow simple measures to stop viruses like coronavirus spreading, for example by washing their hands often with soap and water.

Specific Risks to Bowlers

Exposure to someone who is a confirmed case of coronavirus means someone who has been tested and found to have coronavirus.

Close contact with a confirmed case means:

living in the same house

contact with their body fluids

face-to-face contact, for example talking for more than a few minutes

being coughed on

being within 2 metres of the person for more than 15 minutes

We believe such a risk exists during participation in the game of crown green bowls, however, in line with the general advice most people can continue to enjoy the game unless advised by NHS 111 or a medical professional.

BCGBA has advised using baby wipes. We believe this is not appropriate as they do not kill covid-19.

We would prefer to use the WHO advice below, to use simple disinfectant to clean equipment (such as bowls, Jacks, footers & Measuring devices) and alcohol-based hand rub to clean your hands.

World Health Organisation Advice

You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions:

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes, they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Why? Droplets spread the virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent the spread of viruses and other infections.

Keep up to date on the latest COVID-19 hotspots (cities or local areas where COVID-19 is spreading widely). If possible, avoid traveling to places – especially if you are an older person or have diabetes, heart or lung disease.
Why? You have a higher chance of catching COVID-19 in one of these areas.

It is not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces, but it seems to behave like other coronaviruses. Studies suggest that coronaviruses (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. This may vary under different conditions (e.g. type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment).

If you think a surface may be infected, clean it with simple disinfectant to kill the virus and protect yourself and others. Clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.

Sport England link on the Virus

https://www.sportengland.org/news/coronavirus-information-sector

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