Lionmede Bowls Club – Stage 3 guidance update

From Monday 17 May until Step 4, the rules are changing

Format of Play

Organised sportInformal activity
Singles – Use of every rink (marker permitted) Pairs – Use of every rink Triples – Use of every rink Fours – Use of every rink  Up to 30 people per session

On a six-rink green like Lionmede, the maximum number allowed to play would be 48 as it is a permitted sports activity.

Social Interaction

Social interaction before and after play should only take place in separate and distinct groups consisting of up to 30 people.


Players to avoid using shared equipment whenever possible. On Match day each rink will be provided with two jacks and four mats, so they do not have to share. On each rink sanitiser will be provided to use if necessary. Should measuring be necessary, players (or marker if used) must use their own measure.

The following items may be used and on match days different members of the team should be assigned responsibility for using them.

  • Scoreboards
  • Bowls pushers
  • Ditch markers
  • 2m distance sticks
  • Chalk (Spray chalk only)


Spectators for all outdoor sports are permitted at Step 3 but need to adhere to social distancing rules and social gathering limits (groups of 30 outdoors). This number is in addition to those who are participating on the green.


Car sharing will be permitted in Step 3 for all sports. The guidance for this is that windows should be left open, people should face away from each other and avoid touching surface but use sanitiser if they do.

Changing rooms

Although changing rooms can be opened, because their limited size at Lionmede we would encourage participants to avoid or minimise use where possible. If used, participants should socially distance whilst in changing rooms. Face coverings should be worn at all times when indoors. Use of these areas for essential activity, such as provision of first aid or access to essential equipment for training and matches, is allowed. Toilet facilities can also open.


Bowls coaching activity is permitted. 


We recommend using hand sanitiser at regular intervals, especially if you have to touch communal surfaces or equipment. Once you are home, remember to wash your hands thoroughly.


We can use the Clubhouses to serve food and drink both indoor and outdoor. Indoors we can have groups of six at social distance – at Lionmede this would probably mean the maximum of 12 people indoors depending on how tables are organised. Doors should be left open, if possible. People may go indoors to be served but take their food and drink outdoors. If gathering outdoors they should stick to rule of six and observe social distance rules.

Here are the other steps that the government plans.:
• Step 4: begins no earlier than Monday 21 June (confirmation expected w/c Monday 14 Ju