Relaxed Covid-19 Restrictions confirmed


Updated: May 1, 2020

The ‘Framework for Rebooting Sport in a COVID-19 Environment’, developed by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), is currently being reviewed and Bowls Australia (BA) will issue an update to the below advice and guidelines in due course.

Transitional Guidelines for Clubs & Participants

For (ACT, QLD, TAS & VIC), the guidelines below will only come into effect once the National Principles for elite, community and individual sport/activity are released and/or any individual state legislation and restrictions are relaxed.

As long as the following guidelines are adhered to, bowls activity can include practice and/or roll-ups, social play and smaller club competitions (e.g. singles and pairs events) on outdoor greens only.


  • The responsibility lies with individual clubs to ensure that:
    • they are fully aware of and compliant with their own State Government legislation and STA advice, and
    • all of these guidelines are adhered to and engage any staffing/volunteers required as necessary to fulfil the guidelines.
  • Hand sanitiser is to be made available at the entrance to the club and beside each green in use.
  • Disinfectant spray must be made available beside mat/jack boxes. After each use, all mats and jacks must be thoroughly cleaned before being used again.
  • Any club bowls that are loaned to players are to be thoroughly cleaned before and after use.
  • Clubs may need to implement a booking system to facilitate rink bookings, to conform with guidelines. Best practice is that a register of attendees is kept, just in case a communicable illness were to occur.
  • No indoor club meetings are to occur at this stage (except in WA). Any meetings held on the club premises should be held outdoors, employ physical distancing of 1.5m and be limited to the number of people determined by social gathering laws (currently a limit of two people in the ACT, NSW, QLD, TAS, VIC and NT and a limit of ten people in SA and WA). Individuals should leave the premises immediately after the conclusion of meetings.
  • Where possible, outdoor-accessible toilets should be open. At the very least, hand washing facilities should be available.
  • No barefoot bowls groups to be hosted at this stage.

Bowls Activity:

  • Subject to the social gathering and distancing legislation/restrictions, only four people are allowed to play together and the 1.5m physical distancing rule is to be observed at all times.
  • There must be one rink space (an empty rink) between each rink in use.
  • A maximum of 10 persons is allowed per green at any one time. Clubs may need to have a booking system in place to facilitate. Clubs with more than one green need to ensure that compliance is achieved with respect to social gathering restrictions.
  • All players are to use separate mats and jacks (or ensure that the same player on each rink places mats or places/rolls jacks).
  • Other bowls equipment cannot be shared between players (e.g. bowls, cloths, measures etc).
  • Disinfectant spray must be made available beside mat/jack boxes and between each use, all mats and jacks must be thoroughly cleaned by players.
  • Players should practice safe hygiene at all times, including washing hands for at least 20 seconds before and after bowls.
  • Individuals must leave the premises immediately after the conclusion of play and cleaning of equipment.
  • Coaching should be limited to no more than a coach and two other people at the time and all practicing physical distancing of 1.5m during the coaching session.
  • No barefoot bowls activity.

BA remains committed to complying with advice provided by the Federal Government for all bowling activities under its control.

All STAs and their affiliated clubs must also give absolute priority to the safety and well-being of participants, especially for those over 60-years of age.

People at a higher risk of severe illness (those aged over 70 and/or those with chronic medical conditions or compromised immune systems) are encouraged to remain at home whenever possible.