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April 2021-Update Statement
It is now over a year since the coronavirus pandemic started, and our thoughts go out to all those who have suffered any personal loss during the crisis. The rollout of the vaccine and the reductions in infection rates etc. is certainly welcome in bringing increasing hope of a return to some normality including a return to our clubs and participation in our sport.
It is now clear from the most recent guidelines update received from our national authority Bowls Scotland that no inter-club bowling will be able to commence until the member clubs of W.L.B.A., which are situated across different health authorities, reach Tier 2 of the restrictions. The latest indication is that It is likely that this will be June at the earliest and we will hopefully have more information in this regard from the government by the end of this month.
The current restrictions applicable to each tier of restrictions detailed in the latest current Bowls Scotland guidelines regarding bowling bubbles will not facilitate running all usual county tournaments this season, as a player can only participate in one playing bubble of thirty each day. As such, this necessarily means that gents and seniors county competitions will not be able to be scheduled on the same day’s afternoon and evening. The Management Committee also appreciates that days require to be left free to allow clubs to conduct their internal competitions.
Please note that all clubs must have a Covid Officer and no club will be able to host any W.L.B.A. competition ties unless they have a Covid Officer, and you are requested to provide the name and contact details of your club Covid Officer to County Secretary Keith Mitchell by no later than 3rd of May.
Whilst the continued health and safety of all members remains an absolute priority, please be assured that the Management Committee is remaining positive, and our Match Secretaries continue to prepare county competitions draws in readiness for issue when we are able to confirm any county competitions that it is considered may still be able to be scheduled to proceed in line with ongoing restrictions.
A further meeting of the Management Committee will take place on the 4th of May, and we will provide you with a further update thereafter.
Finally, several clubs have asked for a clear definition of a ‘young bowler’. To clarify this to all clubs, this is anyone 17 and under, and not anyone under 25 for the purposes of the annual affiliation form.
Please continue to follow all the relevant guidelines and keep safe.
W.L.B.A. Management Committee 12/04/21
A summary of their guidance can be accessed here