Although the government have approved the lifting of most lockdown restrictions on Monday 19th, and most of us will have been double-jabbed, we cannot ignore the continuing rise in infection levels.

At Sevenoaks Indoor Bowls Club we must remain cautious.  It is therefore proposed that all are encouraged to continue using hand sanitisers and to regularly sanitise bowling equipment whilst the existing track and trace recording will remain in place.  The wearing of face masks when not bowling, and particularly when the club is busy, is recommended and encouraged.  The limits on numbers using the locker rooms and toilets will be relaxed and the changing rooms may again be used, although again caution and common sense should be employed.  It will now be expected that all members wear regulation greys when playing.

The Rule of 6 and social contact restrictions will have been abolished so members will again be permitted to shake hands and congregate in larger groups.  The coffee and water machines will both be available for use by all whilst service at the bar will resume.  There will be no restrictions on table sizes at our social functions and normal service at carveries will resume.

Assuming that we avoid any further lockdown and can contemplate a near normal winter season it is probable that 8 rinks will be reinstated for the winter season.

We must all hope that this is indeed the beginning of the end – I would thank you all for respecting the restrictions imposed to date and for your continued caution in the coming weeks and months.

Best wishes, Richard Purssell

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