Why bowling is banned everywhere

Updated: Nov 18, 2020

A couple of extracts from the official guidance about the new national lockdown which explain why it is happening and what it really means. This backs up the decisions to suspend our bowling competitions and the directive that no bowling - competitive or casual - should be allowed on any greens. It is the law.

This information also supports the directive issued by Yorkshire CCGBA posted on our website yesterday on 'No bowling allowed at all during lockdown'.

National restrictions from 5 November

COVID-19 case numbers are rising rapidly across the whole of the UK and in other countries. We must act now to control the spread of the virus. The single most important action we can all take to fight coronavirus is to stay at home, to protect the NHS and save lives.

When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we reduce the spread of the infection. That is why, from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, you must:

  1. Stay at home, except for specific purposes.

  2. Avoid meeting people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.

  3. Close certain businesses and venues.

These new measures will reduce the growth rate of the virus, which will:

  • prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed

  • ensure schools, colleges and universities can stay open

  • ensure that as many people as possible can continue to work

From 00.01 on Thursday 5 November these national restrictions replace the local restrictions in your area. The new measures will apply nationally for four weeks up to Wednesday 2 December. At the end of the period, we will return to a regional approach, based on the latest data.

Protecting people more at risk from coronavirus

If you are over 60 or clinically vulnerable, you could be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. You:

  • should be especially careful to follow the rules and minimise your contacts with others

  • should continue to wash your hands carefully and more frequently than usual and maintain thorough cleaning of frequently touched areas in your home and/or workspace

Clinically vulnerable people are those who are:

  • aged 70 or over (regardless of medical conditions)

  • under 70 with an underlying health condition (that is, anyone instructed to get a flu jab each year on medical grounds).

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