Clarification on Return to Play

by Billy Johnson

With the recent release of the Public Health Order, this Circular replaces the information in previous Circular No. 14/2021. With parts of regional NSW out of lockdown, Bowls NSW Ltd wishes to provide further clarification on the return to play for clubs.

Areas out of Lockdown (Classed as General Areas)

Bowling clubs located in the areas of regional NSW out of lockdown can open their greens. The licensed premises must be open for greens to be open, and it is up to individual clubs to decide if they open their greens.

The following play is permitted:

  • Roll ups
  • Social bowls
  • Internal Club Championships

All permitted play must be restricted to 20 people per green, up to a maximum of 50 people overall under the current Public Health Order. Clubs must ensure that they have a current COVID-19 Safety Plan – a link to completing a Club COVID-19 Safety Plan is provided at the end of this Circular.

District/Regional/Zone matches are not permitted to be played until further notice.

Bowls NSW Ltd is still seeking further clarification for tournaments. An update on this will be provided as soon as possible.

Areas in Lockdown (Classed as Stay at Home Areas)

In accordance with the current Public Health Order, for those areas which are in lockdown, bowling clubs remain closed except for the sale of takeaway food and beverage.

Bowls NSW Ltd has made numerous representations to NSW Health seeking an exemption for bowling greens to be open on behalf of our members. To date, these submissions have been denied, however we are continuing to pursue the matter.


Current Public Health Orders (as of 10 September 2021)

Club COVID-19 Safety Plan

NSW Government COVID-19 Information

NSW Office of Sport COVID-19 Information

To read the full Circular, click here.