Bowling still on schedule for full return

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The next stage of lockdown easing in England is to go ahead on 12 April. With the four tests for easing the lockdown in England met, the prime minister confirms the next stage of the roadmap for relaxing restrictions can go ahead. The four tests being infection rates, hospital admissions, deaths and vaccination rates.


The Prime Ministers announcement yesterday confirmed that Step 2 of the Road Map is still on course and all the expected changes can now be delivered from 12 April. In particular this means for bowling that there is little change to the guidance already implemented. There is still no access to clubhouses but access to toilets is to be permitted. The Rule of 6 still applies for outdoor sports but is relaxed for organised competitions. So it still applies for social bowling but not for league matches.

In general this means that from 12 April:

  • Non-essential shops and close-contact services such as hairdressers and barbers can reopen

  • Restaurants and pubs can start serving customers outdoors, with no requirement for a substantial meal to be served alongside alcohol, and no curfew. However, people will have to eat and drink while seated

  • Gyms and spas can reopen, as can zoos, theme parks, libraries and community centres

  • Members of the same household can take a holiday in England in self-contained accommodation

  • Weddings attended by up to 15 people can take place

  • The number of care home visitors allowed will increase to two per resident

  • All children will be able to attend any indoor children's activity, including sport

  • Parent and child groups of up to 15 people (not counting children aged under five years old) can restart indoors

People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise domestic travel. International holidays are still illegal.

Outdoor gatherings must still be limited to six people or two households and you must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with or have not formed a support bubble with.


Over the next 5 weeks the four tests will continue to be monitored and if they progress as expected then the next review will be Step 3 which will be effective from 17 May. That should see the reopening of clubhouses if everything remains on schedule.


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