Bowls BC June 21st Update on Step 2




As most of you are aware, we are now in Step 2 of the BC Recovery Program. The PHO Order requirements for Sports is contained in Part E of the PHO Order. The PHO Order requirements for indoor and outdoor gatherings are contained in Parts C and D of the PHO Order.


Please review and become familiar with these requirements. For all bowls activities, Part E applies. For all social gatherings at the club, Parts C and/or D apply. Social gatherings are all activities other than the playing of bowls (or croquet for those clubs offering that activity as an addition to lawn bowling).



In summary of the PHO Order for Bowls, the following apply:

Outdoor Bowls

· Games may be scheduled and played without pre-registration, providing the maximum number of permitted participants is maintained,

· Competitions between clubs is allowed, again with numbers restrictions,

· Maximum group size is 50 for children/youth and adults. That 50-person count includes participants, coaches, managers, trainers, and other persons involved in an official capacity,

· A maximum of 50 spectators is allowed, providing that the requirements for Social Gatherings are adhered to,

· No phy


sical distancing or the wearing of masks are required while bowling,

· Provincial travel is allowed,

· The restriction of only playing at one club has been removed,

· Medical monitoring and Waivers are still required (insurance requirement),

· Each club must have a club specific COVID-19 Safety Plan that is distributed to all members or posted at the club for member review. Safety Plans do not have to be submitted to either viaSport or Bowls BC,

· Clubs can hold non-bowling social events, provided that Parts C and/or D of the PHO


Order are adhered to.


Indoor Bowls

· Games may be scheduled and played without pre-registration, providing the maximum number of permitted participants is maintained,

· Competitions between clubs is allowed, again with numbers restrictions,

· Provincial travel is allowed,

· Maximum group size is 50 for children/youth and adults. That 50-p


erson count includes participants, coaches, managers, trainers, and other persons involved in an official capacity,

· Physical distance not required on field of play. Off field of play, physical distance of 2 metres must be maintained,

· Field of play: no masks required,

· Off the field of play: masks required,

· No spectators allowed,

· The restriction of only playing at one club has been removed,

· Medical monitoring and Waivers are still required (insurance requirement),

· Each club must have a club specific COVID-19 Safety Plan that is distributed to all mem


bers or posted at the club for member review. Safety Plans do not have to be submitted to either viaSport or Bowls BC,

· Clubs can hold non-bowling social events, provided that Parts C and/or D of the PHO Order are adhered to.

Each club executive is responsible and accountable for ensuring that the requirements of the PHO Order and viaSport interpretations are adhered to.



Good Bowling and keep yourself and your members safe, this Pandemic is not over yet.

Harry Carruthers

Bowls BC President