At Calgary Lawn Bowling Club, we understand many of our members and visitors are concerned about where our game of bowls sits within Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

This page will feature all of our latest updates in regard to messages and notifications surrounding the ever-updating situation. As a sports club in our community, it is our responsibility to respond to the circumstances. This situation is unprecedented for our 2020 season, and the health and safety of our members and visitors is always our top priority.

We are currently working with Bowls Alberta, Bowls Canada Boulingrin and City of Calgary for this coming season of bowls.

Your board at Calgary Lawn Bowling Club is closely monitoring the evolution and we will react to the best of our ability, and adhere to the guidance from Alberta Health Services. We are doing everything to make sure that our community remains as safe as possible for all our members and visitors, and we will work together to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

As information about COVID-19 becomes available, your board is committed to ensuring clear succinct communication about any changes to our club’s plans in 2020.

For updates to Calgary Lawn Bowling Club’s 2020 season, please visit Club News.

 

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Return to Play – Safety Committee

Fred Emms

Fred Emms

Safety Officer

Email: fredemms1@gmail.com

Tel: 403.200.8808

Mike O'Reilly

Mike O'Reilly

President

Email: president@calgarylawnbowlingclub.ca

Tel: 403.909.3208

Return To Play 

Phase One- Training & Practice Only

Our club has been granted authority to open from our National and Provincial Associations, the Provincial Health Authority, our Municipal Recreation Liaison, our Insurer, and our facility joint lease partner.  There has been much work done to get here.

We understand that many of you would prefer to not partake at this time for your own personal reasons.  That is absolutely your decision.  You are under no pressure to resume play.  It is completely at your discretion.
We are targeting the week of June 15 to re-open.  We have selected Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday as play days initially.  There are two times per day either 10 am, 2 pm or 7 pm in two hour blocks.  We are playing on alternating rinks using both greens.  Reservations are limited to two weeks at a time and may be allotted at the discretion of the President.  We are allowed limited access to the washrooms.

There will be no formal Jitney or games among members of different house-holds at this stage.  Phase II allows for some moderation to normal games.  We will be informed by Bowls Canada Boulingrin and Bowls Alberta when that will be allowed.

You must complete both of the attached Declaration and Waiver forms in their entirety and return them to the club care of Fred Emms  in order to be able to play or to volunteer – NO EXCEPTIONS.  You are welcome to bring them to the Club for your first booking.  If you prefer another alternative, please contact Fred directly to make arrangements

You can now arrange for a rink booking by clicking the link to SignUp through members email: SignUp Genius CLBC Rink Booking

If you require assistance to make your booking, please contact Fred or Mike to do so (see contact details below).  You will not be allowed to play without first having reserved on SignUp Genius.

We will have a Safety Volunteer on-site, trained to supervise activity, access to washrooms, along with cleaning and sterilizing where required.  Signage will be posted to remind you of the proper precautions to take.

The Safety Volunteers will be trained in advance by our Safety Officer, Fred Emms (THANK YOU!).  We greatly appreciate those who have already offered to volunteer.

Our play will be limited and we will use a measured approach to opening up further in the weeks ahead.  To begin, we have the following limitations:

  *   DO NOT show up if you are feeling sick, have symptoms of COVID-19, or have come into contact with someone with COVID-19
  *   No access to lockers, kitchen or other buildings (washroom only)
  *   Observe physical distancing of at least 2m
  *   Individual practice or same-house players only
  *   No shared equipment (no jacks, rakes, mats, or drop sheets)
  *   Everyone must complete a Declaration and Waiver document in advance to play
  *   You must reserve a rink and play time in advance (using SignUp Genius)
  *   We are considering the process to lend out bowls to members (please contact membership@calgarylawnbowlingclub.ca for details)
The following are Bowler Expectations that you must abide by each time you play during Phase I:

  *   Pre-schedule with Signup Genius when you would like to play; do not just show up and expect to play.
  *   Arrive no more than 5 minutes before your scheduled time, and leave promptly when you are finished.
  *   Practice physical distancing by staying a minimum of two meters away from each other at all times.
  *   Use your own bowls. If you do not own your own bowls, make sure to contact membership@calgarylawnbowlingclub.ca in advance to request to borrow a set.

  *   Bring a towel to use in place of a mat.
  *   Use a tennis/golf ball as a jack.
  *   Do not share any equipment.
  *   Do not shake hands or high five.
  *   Do not visit with other people; stick to your assigned rink and maintain physical distancing.
  *   Do not bring visitors with you to your scheduled bowling time slot.
  *   Do not access closed spaces or equipment rooms.
  *   Do not loiter in the parking lot before or after you have finished bowling.
  *   Do not enter the clubhouse for the washroom if there is no Safety Volunteer present.
  *   Follow the on-site clubhouse regulations.
  *   Bring your own water as the water fountain, kitchen, and lockers are off limits.
  *   Take home your own waste material as much as possible.
  *   If you are feeling unwell, regardless of the symptoms, stay home.

If ANY MEMBERS OR VOLUNTEERS are being tested for COVID-19 you must notify CLBC IMMEDIATELY.  Contact Fred (403.200.8808) or Mike (403.909.3208)

We encourage you to visit the following sites to understand the significance of COVD-19 and the precautions you should take to protect yourself:
Government of Canada COVID-19 symptoms<https://nam05.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.canada.ca%2Fen%2Fpublic-health%2Fservices%2Fdiseases%2F2019-novel-coronavirus-infection%2Fsymptoms&data=02%7C01%7C%7Ce45ac713202a4c22a8e708d80cba4035%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637273341688875210&sdata=nYM6yuH6GEfmPukN%2BZrhgqDxzDwepMbRIXr6PIGBXis%3D&reserved=0>

                          
If you require any assistance with anything above, please reach out to:
Fred Emms- Safety Officer:    fredemms1@gmail.com  
Mike O’Reilly- President:    president@calgarylawnbowlingclub.ca

Bowls Canada Boulingrin has released their Phase In Return to Play protocols.
https://www.bowlscanada.com/en/news/news_release/2020-05-15.html

Bowls Alberta will now help clubs in the province adapt these protocols to meet the requirements of provincial and municipal health orders. The Clubs will then define how they will make play available to their members in the safest way possible.

For Calgary LBC, this means training Safety Volunteers, creating proper signage, having members sign waivers, and developing online booking of rinks.  Play will return in a measured way – members only, no shared equipment, physical distancing, and individual or same-house play to begin with.   This is all being done in close communication with our City of Calgary Recreation Lawn Bowls Liaison and our insurance company. 

Phase Two- Modified Local Games

The Board is pleased to inform you that our Club has been approved to
proceed to Phase II Return to Play.

This means we will be able to play up to four players per rink – allowing
us to play Pairs.

We have expanded play to Monday-Thursday (twice per day) and a Saturday Jitney (two games).

When you book on SignUp Genius, if you intend to practice only, reserve 4
spots with no other names.  If you have a pairs game set up, reserve 4
spots and add the other names in the comment box (to allow for contact
tracing). If you are open for a game, add a comment like “Players wanted”
or look for someone with a similar comment.

We have also introduced mats and Jacks, but with some restrictions:

1) Mats

– two sterilized mats will he supplied by the Safety Volunteer

– each team is responsible for mat placement at one end of the rink

– when your game is completed, place your mat on the concrete where they
will be sterilized

2) Jacks

– each Lead will be issued a sterilized Jack by the Safety Volunteer

– Skips will only use their foot to place the Jack – no hands please

– when your game is completed, place the Jack in the “Used” bucket to be
sterilized

3) Measuring

– No physical measuring will be permitted at this Phase

– we can suggest alternative measuring techniques

4) Scorecards (if wanted)

– we would prefer you supply your own card and pen for score keeping

– this will reduce unintended potential exposure

If you require any assistance with bookings please contact:

Fred Emms      fredemms1@gmail.com   403.200.8808

Mike O’Reilly    president@calgarylawnbowlingclub.ca   403.909.3208

Phase Three- Intra Club Games

Here are the following new changes in Phase 3 keeping in mind of what we
are doing from Phase’s 1 & 2 of CLBC’s RTP. Please understand that there
might be some minor adjustments along the way as we stay within the
guidelines set out by Bowls Canada, Bowls Alberta, & The City of Calgary.
Your patience is appreciated.

·         CLBC will continue to use Sign up Genius to sign up for play. For
tournaments and jitneys we are adding a draw master to these events as we
have found it is a lot for the safety volunteer to do both jobs adequately
& safely.

Entrants must be asked to confirm the following:

*That they will complete the pre-screening tools prior to arriving at
the club and Will adhere to club protocols and physical distancing
measures during the event.

* That they are not practicing or competing at any other clubs in Phase
3; members of multiple clubs should choose one club to participate at.

Bowls Canada Boulingrin RETURN TO PLAY – PHASE 3

CLBC is continuing our new Daily COVID 19 Declaration questions upon every
member’s arrival at Calgary Lawn.

*Revisions for Phase III*

   – *Please arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before the appointed start
   time.*
   – *Two rakes will be allowed per rink with one Lead responsible for a
   rake at each end.*
   – *Only one person** per rink will be assigned the responsibility for
   all measurements throughout the game.*
   – *Whenever possible please try to stand up on the bank.*
   – *Try to get low to the ground in our deliveries where possible to
   prevent lobbing the bowl.*

   – *In Phase 3 we will continue our Saturday Jitneys and starting up our
   club leagues again.*
   – *We will now be playing Singles, Pairs and Triples.*

   – *We are moving the T line from 2m from the ditch to 3m for physical
   distancing.*
   – *Scorecards will be offered for League and Club Tournament play.
   Please bring your own pencil/pen.*
   – *Teams will now separate their bowls for physical distancing.*
   – *Skips will not be allowed to visit the head** in Phase 3* *as we want
   no more than 4 people at an end at a time (Triples Only).*

Phase Four- Regional/Provincial Competition

TBA

Games

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Membership Info 

Secondary (Associate) Members

Calgary Lawn Bowling Club is following the recommendations of Bowls Alberta (and BCB) in terms of the Return to Play.  As such Calgary Lawn Bowling Club is requesting that members only play from one club for the duration of Phase 3.  The decision to only allow play at one club was made to mitigate the risk of spread and to make it as safe as possible to return to bowls by ensuring we are doing all we can to keep members safe at both clubs.  This was taken from the BCB Phase 3 RTP on page 5 where it states:
Entrants must be asked to confirm the following:
* That they will complete the pre-screening tools prior to arriving at the club and will adhere to club protocols and physical distancing measures during the event.
* That they are not practicing or competing at any other clubs during Phase 3; members of multiple clubs should choose one club to participate at.

 

 

 

We recognize that this protocol does require members who usually belong to more than one club to make a tough decision as to where to play, but for the safety of all bowlers we feel it is an important protocol to follow.  We also recognize that bowls clubs across the Province (and country) are all in different places with their comfort level on relaxing some of the protocols and we respect decisions that others clubs are making but stand behind our decision to follow this protocol as  being in the best interest of our club, and because it conforms with the advice of our insurer.  Ultimately the health and safety of all bowlers is our main concern at this time.

New Declaration Required

We are asking all members who are bowling to complete a new declaration form as there has been a change to Clause 8; removing the part about if you or members of your household have traveled outside of the province you need to wait 14 days before bowling.  This change has been made to reflect the new Provincial guidelines. 

Membership & Fees

Typically, the SAGM is the time that membership forms are collected and club dues are paid. Since at this point it is highly unlikely that the club will even have any lawn bowling in 2020, the Board of Directors have extended your 2019 memberships into 2020 free of charge. If there has been any change to your contact information (address, phone number, other email address) since last year, please forward the details to membership@calgarylawnbowlingclub.ca

The club still needs your help if you are able. The club’s expenses do not cease because we will not be bowling – greens still need to be maintained and utilities and insurance still need to be paid, and we estimate this season’s expenses will be in the range of $50,000 even if we don’t bowl. We are asking that if you can contribute an amount equivalent to the 2019 CLBC membership fee of $125, or part thereof, please do. The club is not in dire financial straits *yet*, but we want the club to remain viable for when we are on the other side of this horrible pandemic so any financial contribution will help.

 

Three Ways To Support Our Club

1. Payments can be made by credit card on the CLBC website: http://calgarylawnbowlingclub.ca/payment/

2. Payments can be made by e-transfer:

treasurer@calgarylawnbowlingclub.ca

There will be a security question and answer required. Please use this security question “What is the little round target called in lawn bowling?” Please put the answer as a one word answer.

3. Payments can be made by check

Please email treasurer@calgarylawnbowlingclub.ca for more information..

Year End Banquet

Due to the Covid restrictions, our year-end banquet has been canceled this year.

Bowls Return

We ask all those who have signed out bowls and are not planning to play over the winter months to ensure their bowls are returned to the safety officer the last time you are playing. We realize that with no official end date this may be a challenge, so if you know it is the last time you are planning to bowl as long as possible hang onto them for now and we will be in touch with the last date toy can return them. 

Greens Closure

Starting on September 10th Ken will be closing the East green to do some year-end work on it. When that work is finished he will be opening the East and closing the West green, this means that as of that date we are operating as one green club so times will be limited. 

Semi-Annual General Meeting

Our SAGM on May 30th, 2020 and information Can now be viewed by our club members on the member’s page.

Annual General Meeting

Our AGM will be held on Saturday October 3rd, 2020 at Noon via Zoom. Please save the date on your calendar, more detail and links to follow on membership emails.

Membership Info 

Secondary (Associate) Members

Calgary Lawn Bowling Club is following the recommendations of Bowls Alberta (and BCB) in terms of the Return to Play.  As such Calgary Lawn Bowling Club is requesting that members only play from one club for the duration of Phase 3.  The decision to only allow play at one club was made to mitigate the risk of spread and to make it as safe as possible to return to bowls by ensuring we are doing all we can to keep members safe at both clubs.  This was taken from the BCB Phase 3 RTP on page 5 where it states:
Entrants must be asked to confirm the following:
* That they will complete the pre-screening tools prior to arriving at the club and will adhere to club protocols and physical distancing measures during the event.
* That they are not practicing or competing at any other clubs during Phase 3; members of multiple clubs should choose one club to participate at.

 

 

 

We recognize that this protocol does require members who usually belong to more than one club to make a tough decision as to where to play, but for the safety of all bowlers we feel it is an important protocol to follow.  We also recognize that bowls clubs across the Province (and country) are all in different places with their comfort level on relaxing some of the protocols and we respect decisions that others clubs are making but stand behind our decision to follow this protocol as  being in the best interest of our club, and because it conforms with the advice of our insurer.  Ultimately the health and safety of all bowlers is our main concern at this time.

New Declaration Required

We are asking all members who are bowling to complete a new declaration form as there has been a change to Clause 8; removing the part about if you or members of your household have traveled outside of the province you need to wait 14 days before bowling.  This change has been made to reflect the new Provincial guidelines. 

Membership & Fees

Typically, the SAGM is the time that membership forms are collected and club dues are paid. Since at this point it is highly unlikely that the club will even have any lawn bowling in 2020, the Board of Directors have extended your 2019 memberships into 2020 free of charge. If there has been any change to your contact information (address, phone number, other email address) since last year, please forward the details to membership@calgarylawnbowlingclub.ca

The club still needs your help if you are able. The club’s expenses do not cease because we will not be bowling – greens still need to be maintained and utilities and insurance still need to be paid, and we estimate this season’s expenses will be in the range of $50,000 even if we don’t bowl. We are asking that if you can contribute an amount equivalent to the 2019 CLBC membership fee of $125, or part thereof, please do. The club is not in dire financial straits *yet*, but we want the club to remain viable for when we are on the other side of this horrible pandemic so any financial contribution will help.

 

Three Ways To Support Our Club

1. Payments can be made by credit card on the CLBC website: http://calgarylawnbowlingclub.ca/payment/

2. Payments can be made by e-transfer:

treasurer@calgarylawnbowlingclub.ca

There will be a security question and answer required. Please use this security question “What is the little round target called in lawn bowling?” Please put the answer as a one word answer.

3. Payments can be made by check

Please email treasurer@calgarylawnbowlingclub.ca for more information..

Year End Banquet

Due to the Covid restrictions, our year-end banquet has been canceled this year.

Bowls Return

We ask all those who have signed out bowls and are not planning to play over the winter months to ensure their bowls are returned to the safety officer the last time you are playing. We realize that with no official end date this may be a challenge, so if you know it is the last time you are planning to bowl as long as possible hang onto them for now and we will be in touch with the last date toy can return them. 

Greens Closure

Starting on September 10th Ken will be closing the East green to do some year-end work on it. When that work is finished he will be opening the East and closing the West green, this means that as of that date we are operating as one green club so times will be limited. 

Semi-Annual General Meeting

Our SAGM on May 30th, 2020 and information Can now be viewed by our club members on the member’s page.

Annual General Meeting

Our AGM will be held on Saturday October 3rd, 2020 at Noon via Zoom. Please save the date on your calendar, more detail and links to follow on membership emails.

 

 Bowls Alberta Updates

 

Bowls Alberta News Releases

 

https://bowlsalberta.com/category/news-item-2020/

 

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BowlsAlberta/

 

Bowls Canada Boulingrin Updates

 

 

 

Bowls Canada Boulingrin Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

 

 

 

https://www.bowlscanada.com/en/news/Coronavirus.html

 

 

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BCBOfficial

 

 

 

Blog: https://biasedbowls.ca/

 

 

 

World Bowls Updates

 

 

 

http://www.worldbowls.com/news/

 

 

 

Updates from Government & Health Organizations

 

 

 

City of Calgary

 

 

 

Outdoor Recreational Activities

 

 

 

https://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/cema/Documents/covid-19/SOLE-Outdoor-Recreational-Activities-15-May-2020.pdf

 

 

 

Response to COVID-19
https://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/cema/Pages/Response-to-Coronavirus.aspx

 

 

 

Videos
https://www.youtube.com/user/thecityofcalgary/videos

 

 

 

Government of Alberta

 

 

 

Alberta’s COVID-19 response
https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-information.aspx

 

 

 

Videos
https://www.youtube.com/user/YourAlberta

 

 

 

Alberta Health Services
https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx

 

 

 

COVID-19 and Your Mental Health
https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/info/amh/if-amh-mhpip-disaster-pandemic-covid-19-and-your-mental-health.pdf

 

 

 

Text4Hope
https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page17019.aspx

 

 

 

Government of Canada

 

 

 

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

 

 

 

Know the Difference: Self-Monitoring, Self-Isolation, and Isolation for COVID-19
https://files.constantcontact.com/028b6ad2201/f296e530-77e0-4ed0-9a0c-a5d44121bcec.pdf

 

 

 

Videos from the Prime Minister
https://www.youtube.com/user/pmocpm/videos

 

 

 

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Fraudulent phone calls
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/fraudulent-phone-calls.html

 

 

 

World Health Organization (WHO)

 

 

 

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

 

 

 

Travel Advice

 

 

 

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/travel-advice

 

 

 

Health Emergency Dashboard

 

 

 

https://extranet.who.int/publicemergency

 

 

 

Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation reports

 

 

 

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports

 

 

 

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters

 

 

 

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters

 

 

 

News Sources

 

 

 

CBC News – Tracking the Coronavirus

 

 

 

https://newsinteractives.cbc.ca/coronavirustracker/

 

 

 

CTV News – The latest Updates on the Coronavirus

 

 

 

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/

 

 

 

Global News – The latest Updates on the Coronavirus

 

 

 

https://globalnews.ca/tag/coronavirus/

 

 

 

CityNews – What you need to know about COVID-19

 

 

 

https://www.660citynews.com/topic/what-you-need-to-know-about-covid-19/

 

 

 

iHeartRADIO Global Outbreak – The latest on COVID-19

 

 

 

https://www.iheartradio.ca/virginradio/victoria/covid-19-updates

 

 

 

Other Resources

 

 

 

US Center for Disease Control (CDC)

 

 

 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 

 

 

John Hopkins Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases Dashboard

 

 

 

https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6