Longton VM Coronavirus Advice Update March 2021 27 March 2021 Hygiene Hand sanitise at regular intervals, especially if you have to touch communal surfaces or equipment. Once you are home, remember to wash your hands thoroughly. Equipment Try to avoid using shared equipment whenever possible. - players are advised to have their own mat/jack during any session. If you are sharing equipment, for example jacks/mats, practise strict hand hygiene including sanitisation after using any shared equipment. Should measuring be necessary, players (or marker if used) must use their own measure wherever possible. The following items can be utilised during any session: • Mat / Footer • Bowls • Jack • Measurers • Gloves • Scorecards (these should be retained by one person only if required) • Bowling arm/lifter (for use by one person only if required) • Bowling aids (for players with a disability if required) Spectators Spectators are not permitted. This does not apply to carers for people with disabilities, or adults needed to supervise under-18s in a safeguarding role. Where it is necessary for them to be present, supervising adults should not mix with others from outside their household or support bubble. Travel You should minimise time spent outside your home, but you can leave your home to participate in bowling activity. Always check that it’s safe to travel before you set out. All participants must follow the government’s guidance on safer travel. Frequently Asked Questions Does guidance on face coverings apply for bowls? You’re not required to wear face coverings while taking part in the sport of outdoor bowls. Sport England advises that all forms of face coverings may restrict breathing efficiency and should not be used during exercise unless your doctor advises it. Do I need to be vaccinated to participate in outdoor bowls? There is currently no requirement from government for participants to have been vaccinated and clubs are advised not to restrict access to our sport to anyone who has not yet received the vaccine. Can we open the changing rooms and toilets? Indoor facilities including changing rooms cannot open, although toilet facilities can be accessed. Indoor facilities can be used for through access (following Covid guidelines). Wherever possible, people should come ready to play. Changing facilities can only be used in emergency situations, or by disabled people who are taking part in organised sport and physical activity. If facilities remain closed, exceptions must be made for essential activity such as the provision of first aid or access to essential equipment for training and matches. Are spectators allowed? Spectators are not permitted until a later step in the roadmap. Bowls is permitted because of the benefits of sport and physical activity for people’s physical and mental wellbeing. This permission to allow sport and physical activity to return is just for the activity itself. This doesn’t apply to carers for disabled people, or adults needed to supervise under-18s in a safeguarding role. Where it’s necessary for them to be present, supervising adults should not mix with others from outside their household or support bubble. Is greens maintenance work permitted? Yes – greens maintenance work is permitted as it is ‘work that can not be carried out at home’. Can I travel to take part in the sport of bowls? You should minimise time spent outside your home, but you can leave your home to participate in bowling activity. Always check that it’s safe to travel before you set out. Car sharing is not currently permitted with someone from outside your household or your support bubble. All participants must follow the government’s guidance on safer travel. All participants should therefore regularly review this guidance to make sure they are following up to date information. Is coaching permitted? Outdoor coaching sessions are classed as organised outdoor sport, and can take place where it’s formally organised and follows Covid-secure guidance.BCGBA– Return to Play Guidance for Affiliated Clubs, Counties and Associate Members Step One – Issued 26 March 2021 Page 7 of 9 What should we do to keep facilities and equipment clean? Cleaning protocols should be put in place to limit coronavirus transmission in public places. Touch points (e.g. handrails and gates) should be particular areas of focus for increased cleaning. What advice do you have to maintain hygiene, through handwashing, sanitisation facilities and toilets? To help everyone maintain good hygiene, consideration should be given to the following: • Using signs and posters to build awareness of good handwashing technique, the need to increase handwashing frequency, avoid touching your face and to cough or sneeze into your arm. Consider how to ensure safety messages reach those with hearing or vision impairments • Providing regular reminders and signage to maintain hygiene standards • Providing hand sanitiser in multiple locations in addition to washrooms • Setting clear use and cleaning guidance for toilets to ensure they are kept clean and social distancing is achieved • Enhancing cleaning for busy areas • Providing more waste facilities and more frequent rubbish collection • Using disposable paper towels in handwashing facilities where possible • Minimising use of portable toilets • Provision of automated hand sanitising dispensers in public places Will there be different local restrictions? At this stage, in England we understand that the relaxation of restrictions will occur at a national level at the same time. Clubs/counties must adhere to any local restrictions should any be imposed in the future. What activities can disabled people take part in? Organised outdoor bowls can take place where it follows the government's guidance on recreational team sport and grassroots sport and leisure activity. Where disabled people need support from a carer or personal assistant during activity, will this be allowed, e.g. a visually impaired bowler? Yes. People who provide essential support (e.g. carers) to disabled people are exempt, and don’t count towards gathering limits. Therefore, disabled participants can be supported by a carer(s)/personal assistant(s) while taking part in the sport of bowls.
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Longton VM Coronavirus Advice Update March 2021 27 March 2021 Hygiene Hand sanitise at regular intervals, especially if you have to touch communal surfaces or equipment. Once you are home, remember to wash your hands thoroughly. Equipment Try to avoid using shared equipment whenever possible. - players are advised to have their own mat/jack during any session. If you are sharing equipment, for example jacks/mats, practise strict hand hygiene including sanitisation after using any shared equipment. Should measuring be necessary, players (or marker if used) must use their own measure wherever possible. The following items can be utilised during any session: • Mat / Footer • Bowls • Jack • Measurers • Gloves • Scorecards (these should be retained by one person only if required) • Bowling arm/lifter (for use by one person only if required) • Bowling aids (for players with a disability if required) Spectators Spectators are not permitted. This does not apply to carers for people with disabilities, or adults needed to supervise under-18s in a safeguarding role. Where it is necessary for them to be present, supervising adults should not mix with others from outside their household or support bubble. Travel You should minimise time spent outside your home, but you can leave your home to participate in bowling activity. Always check that it’s safe to travel before you set out. All participants must follow the government’s guidance on safer travel. Frequently Asked Questions Does guidance on face coverings apply for bowls? You’re not required to wear face coverings while taking part in the sport of outdoor bowls. Sport England advises that all forms of face coverings may restrict breathing efficiency and should not be used during exercise unless your doctor advises it. Do I need to be vaccinated to participate in outdoor bowls? There is currently no requirement from government for participants to have been vaccinated and clubs are advised not to restrict access to our sport to anyone who has not yet received the vaccine. Can we open the changing rooms and toilets? Indoor facilities including changing rooms cannot open, although toilet facilities can be accessed. Indoor facilities can be used for through access (following Covid guidelines). Wherever possible, people should come ready to play. Changing facilities can only be used in emergency situations, or by disabled people who are taking part in organised sport and physical activity. If facilities remain closed, exceptions must be made for essential activity such as the provision of first aid or access to essential equipment for training and matches. Are spectators allowed? Spectators are not permitted until a later step in the roadmap. Bowls is permitted because of the benefits of sport and physical activity for people’s physical and mental wellbeing. This permission to allow sport and physical activity to return is just for the activity itself. This doesn’t apply to carers for disabled people, or adults needed to supervise under-18s in a safeguarding role. Where it’s necessary for them to be present, supervising adults should not mix with others from outside their household or support bubble. Is greens maintenance work permitted? Yes – greens maintenance work is permitted as it is ‘work that can not be carried out at home’. Can I travel to take part in the sport of bowls? You should minimise time spent outside your home, but you can leave your home to participate in bowling activity. Always check that it’s safe to travel before you set out. Car sharing is not currently permitted with someone from outside your household or your support bubble. All participants must follow the government’s guidance on safer travel. All participants should therefore regularly review this guidance to make sure they are following up to date information. Is coaching permitted? Outdoor coaching sessions are classed as organised outdoor sport, and can take place where it’s formally organised and follows Covid-secure guidance.BCGBA– Return to Play Guidance for Affiliated Clubs, Counties and Associate Members Step One – Issued 26 March 2021 Page 7 of 9 What should we do to keep facilities and equipment clean? Cleaning protocols should be put in place to limit coronavirus transmission in public places. Touch points (e.g. handrails and gates) should be particular areas of focus for increased cleaning. What advice do you have to maintain hygiene, through handwashing, sanitisation facilities and toilets? To help everyone maintain good hygiene, consideration should be given to the following: • Using signs and posters to build awareness of good handwashing technique, the need to increase handwashing frequency, avoid touching your face and to cough or sneeze into your arm. Consider how to ensure safety messages reach those with hearing or vision impairments • Providing regular reminders and signage to maintain hygiene standards • Providing hand sanitiser in multiple locations in addition to washrooms • Setting clear use and cleaning guidance for toilets to ensure they are kept clean and social distancing is achieved • Enhancing cleaning for busy areas • Providing more waste facilities and more frequent rubbish collection • Using disposable paper towels in handwashing facilities where possible • Minimising use of portable toilets • Provision of automated hand sanitising dispensers in public places Will there be different local restrictions? At this stage, in England we understand that the relaxation of restrictions will occur at a national level at the same time. Clubs/counties must adhere to any local restrictions should any be imposed in the future. What activities can disabled people take part in? Organised outdoor bowls can take place where it follows the government's guidance on recreational team sport and grassroots sport and leisure activity. Where disabled people need support from a carer or personal assistant during activity, will this be allowed, e.g. a visually impaired bowler? Yes. People who provide essential support (e.g. carers) to disabled people are exempt, and don’t count towards gathering limits. Therefore, disabled participants can be supported by a carer(s)/personal assistant(s) while taking part in the sport of bowls.
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