COVID controls reviewed

Winter League

The League's Management Committee are aware that there is growing concern among bowlers about the increase in COVID infection cases and has discussed the need to reintroduce stricter controls at League bowling matches in the future.

There is an expectation that new guidance will be forthcoming from the government shortly after Christmas which will impose new controls on all sports and gatherings. That being the case it has been decided to wait until after Christmas before enforcing any changes which may then be overtaken by national guidance.

There is nothing to stop individuals taking their own preventative measures in the interim and indeed a number of our bowlers have continued to wear masks on matchdays from the beginning of the season. The host clubs will continue to follow past good practice and you will probably be asked to wear masks as a minimum when entering clubhouses.

The latest guidance to Kirklees residents has just been published by the Kirklees Director of Public Health and is below.

Getting boosted and tested are great ways of staying safe this Christmas. But there are so many other simple things we can do to reduce our risk. Remember to wear a face covering if you’re in an indoor crowded place. Keep rooms well ventilated if you’re meeting people. Regular hand washing, giving people space and meeting up outdoors can also reduce the spread. They are small things, but they make a big difference.

For the last few weeks, Kirklees has had some of the lowest rates of Covid-19 infections in the whole country. That’s down to our residents, businesses and community organisations who have looked out for each other from the very start of the pandemic. Thank you.

I know that the news about the new variant will worry many of you. But my message this year is different from last year. Vaccines, testing and treatments give us so much more confidence about the future. We still have some big challenges ahead of us, but I really believe we can look forward to a better 2022.

I wish you, your family and your community a very happy and safe Christmas.

Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Director of Public Health

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