A note for SCGBA affiliated clubs, leagues and bowling members 21/03/2020
We have been contacted in many ways about bowling activities.
The BCGBA and SCGBA have suspended all bowling. The Government this week and especially last night have taken unprecedented measures to help keep people safe. The Covid-19 virus is one of the most dangerous that has been known to modern man. With regret given the knowledge that we have all been advised to avoid unnecessary social contact. We must agree and as a measure to help people protect themselves and others say the following.
All bowling clubs (leisure facilities) should be closed this includes bowling greens.
We really do understand the benefits of bowling and the serious effect this will have on a club’s abilities to survive.
SCGBA are continuously monitoring the situation and have set up calls to help decide on important matters and to protect our members. More information will be provided. We ask for your patience. We are in contact with many Associations to seek help and advice.
Can we ask club secretaries to ensure the safety of its members, help those that need help maybe with essential shopping tasks, or just a phone call to check they are ok. This can be done on a rota basis, so it doesn’t fall on one person. Also, to help people be aware of scams and fake news.
Security of Clubs will be an issue while people are not using them. Make sure your equipment is kept safe, we are asking advice of professionals about what is essential maintenance of a bowling green when not in use and will pass that on as we know clubs will need to save as much expenditure as possible. For now, lock the doors, use notices and advise your members of this safety advice.
Please adhere to our request, we are not going to police this, currently people are being correctly informed by experts via the Government & Health Authorities with much detail on their webpages.
Extracts from Boris Johnsons Speech on 20th March 2020
We are collectively telling, telling cafes, pubs, bars, restaurants to close tonight as soon as they reasonably can, and not to open tomorrow.
Though to be clear, they can continue to provide take-out services.
We’re also telling nightclubs, theatres, cinemas, gyms and leisure centres to close on the same timescale.
Now, these are places where people come together, and indeed the whole purpose of these businesses is to bring people together. But the sad things is that today for now, at least physically, we need to keep people apart.
You may think you are invincible, but there is no guarantee you will get mild symptoms, and you can still be a carrier of the disease and pass it on to others
So that’s why, as far as possible, we want you to stay at home, that’s how we can protect our NHS and save lives.
We will get through it together, and we will beat this virus.
And to ram that point home: the more effectively we follow the advice that we are given, the faster this country will stage both a medical and an economic recovery in full