Guidelines for operating Lawn Bowling Clubs during COVID-19
To provide operational guidance on the reopening of Lawn Bowling Clubs within the City of Toronto where Clubs utilize and manage the Lawn Bowling Greens.
Infection prevention and control measures:
The following mitigation guidelines will help reduce the risk of respiratory infections, including COVID-19.
Guidelines: Before Arrival
All Lawn Bowlers must self-screen to limit the introduction of infection:
o Prior to attending any Lawn Bowling Club every participant must do the self-assessment for COVID-19 on the Ontario Ministry of Health website and if they do not pass the assessment they should not attend the Lawn Bowling Club until they pass the assessment and do not have signs and symptoms of COVID-19. All participants can visit the City's website to determine if further care is required and learn about assessment centres.
o All participants should be aware of signs and symptoms of COVID-19, Including:
o Difficulty breathing
o Runny nose
o New loss of taste or smell
Your risk of severe disease may be higher if you have a weakened immune system.This may be the case for:
o People with chronic disease such as diabetes, cancer, heart, renal or chronic lung disease
o The World Health Organization advises that symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 10 to 14 days after contracting COVID-19. Those who are infected with COVID-19 may have few or no symptoms. Hence, there is the possibility of asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic spread of COVID-19.
o Anyone who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or has had close contact with a confirmed case cannot enter a Lawn Bowling Club.
o Access to Lawn Bowling Clubs should be restricted to players only and any required staff. Spectators are not permitted.
o At this time, there should be no events, camps or programs.
o All activities must always comply with the physical distancing measures and recommendations issued by Federal, Provincial, and Municipal government authorities, including the arrival and departure of players.
o Under advisement of the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Province of Ontario, all Clients 70+ are strongly encouraged to self-isolate.
Reduce the risk of transmission during activities:
o Stay at home when you are ill.
o The following screening questionnaire for staff is available on the Toronto COVID-19 site under Workplaces:
o Respect any Provincial Emergency Orders that prohibit social gatherings of a certain size, including when at a Lawn Bowling Club.
Practice physical distancing - Maintain a 2 metre (6 feet) distance from others when at the Lawn Bowling Club.
Practice proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette:
o Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 15s seconds.
o If soap and water are not available, bring your own alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
o Cover your cough or sneeze into a tissue. Immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands.
o If you don't have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm.
o Avoid touching your face, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Cloth Masks & Face Coverings
o Cloth masks and face covers can be used when physical distancing is difficult to maintain. People who become ill with COVID-19 while at a Lawn Bowling Club should go home to self-isolate:
o People who become ill while at a Lawn Bowling Club should go home immediately, in a private vehicle if possible, and self-isolate. They should review the City of Toronto website for more information about COVID-19.
o If a participant at a Lawn Bowling Club tests positive for COVID-19, their local Public Health Unit (Toronto Public Health for Toronto residents) will follow-up with close contacts who may include other Lawn Bowling Club participants. Other Lawn Bowling Club participants who came in close contact with the infected individual may be required to self-isolate.
Guidelines: Lawn Bowling Club Play
Prior to Play:
o Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 15 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
o Clean and wipe down your equipment, balls, mats and jacks. Do not share any other equipment such as water bottles.
o Bring a full water bottle.
o Bring Lawn Bowling balls and jacks with unique identifiers in order to differentiate them and only handle Lawn Bowling balls that belong to you.
o Arrive as close as possible to the game start time. Where possible, games, game times, and lanes should be booked in advance. Drop-ins are to be avoided if possible.
o Avoid touching gates, fences, chairs, benches, etc.
o Avoid touching your face, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
o Play with persons living in your household if possible.
o Scheduling of games is for singles play only (1person per team).
o Ensure scheduling of games is for singles play only and there are staggered game times to
avoid overlap of players both playing and waiting.
o Maintain physical distancing of 2 meters( 6feet) with other players.
o Singles play only (1 person per team) should be played at this time.
o If possible use only every second lane.
o Use only Lawn Bowling balls, jacks and mats that have been brought with you and have your identifying marker. Do not touch any other Lawn Bowling balls or equipment.
o Avoid all physical contact, for example shaking hands with other players.
o Avoid touching your face as much as possible.
o Do not stand next to the other player.
o Maintain physical distancing of 2 meters (6feet).
o Keep your distance from other players when retrieving Bowling balls.
o Wash your hands carefully with water and disinfectant soap or with hand sanitizer.
o Do not use locker rooms or changing areas.
o Leave the Lawn Bowling facilities immediately after you finish playing.
o Properly dispose of any garbage.
Guidelines: Facility Operations
For Lawn Bowling Greens with clubhouses, the following guidelines should be implemented.
o Facilities (lounge, patios, benches, etc.) will be closed except for washrooms, and front-desk access if applicable.
o Players should only enter a clubhouse facility to complete at transaction or to use the washroom.
o Where possible, online or phone reservations and payment is recommended. All other payment to be conducted using debit or credit card.
o Stagger booking times to avoid multiple parties entering or exiting the court area at the same time.
o Food and beverages should not be available at this time.
o Special events or tournaments should not be held at this time, to avoid congregation.
o Spectators are not allowed.
o Limit access to all communal areas where gathering may naturally occur.
Communications and Record Keeping
Lawn Bowling Clubs must:
o Provide information to members to ensure they are familiar with symptoms of COVID-19
o Where possible, create a schedule to minimize crowding and to understand who visited the Club to assist with contact tracing, if someone develops COVID-19.
o Maintain an up-to-date list of members, including contact information
o Communicate with members frequently about these guidelines.
If a member tests positive for COVID-19, TPH will follow-up with close contacts who may include other Club members or volunteers. Individuals who came in close contact with the
infected member may also be required to self-isolate. Clubs are not expected to record or provide information about usage if any that occurs during public hours.
Maintaining a safe facility:
o It is the responsibility of the Lawn Bowling Club to provide and ensure all the guidelines and requirements for maintaining a safe facility are provided and adhered to.
o Washroom and / or change room facilities should be cleaned with increased frequency, and at a minimum of twice daily.
o Thoroughly clean and disinfect high traffic areas, and frequently touched surfaces and objects (e.g. entrances/exits, pay terminals, waste containers, and common areas, etc.).
o Employees and / or volunteers should be provided with appropriate protective equipment, and set-up to complete their duties while maintaining physical distancing guidelines.
o Review Public Health Ontario's Cleaning and Disinfection for Public Settings document.
o Regular hand washing is required for staff and / or volunteers
o Soap or hand sanitizer must be made available to all clients in various locations throughout the facility.
o Hand sanitizer (minimum70%alcohol) stations should be refilled regularly, and sanitizer bottles should be added where stations are not installed.
o High-touch surfaces should be disinfected 2 times per day
o Service desks and equipment, including electronic payment key-pads, will be disinfected between uses and at other times staff feel is necessary
o Score cards should be removed.
o Close all water fountains.
Physical distancing must be maintained at all times. If current arrangements do not allow that, then alternative arrangements need to be developed and implemented before proceeding.
Coaching and Lessons:
o Coaching and lessons should be limited to a maximum of two participants.
o Coaches should always maintain a physical distance of 2 meters (6feet) from others.
o Group lessons are not permitted, with the exception of single house hold groups.
o Coaches should try to remain in the same lane and adjust their schedules in order to stay on-site for the minimum amount of time required.
o Position players in designated and well spaced-outstations.
o Encourage players to use their foot to push balls back.
o Keep clear records of coaching and lesson schedule.
o Post the physical distancing sign and how to protect yourself poster at all facility entrances, and throughout the course at common areas.
o The following poster can be used for Lawn Bowling players and posted at entrances: https://www.toronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/95ea-Screening-poster-retail-entrance-TP H.pdf
Toronto Public Health and Community Club Declaration: Declaration for Organizations/Community Clubs
I declare that I have read and understand the Toronto Public Health directions for participating at a Lawn Bowling Community Club. I understand what my responsibilities are and I will adhere to the guidelines.
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