COVID-19 STEP 3  Restrictions guidelines for Clubs – Updated 19 October.


UPDATE: Thursday 22nd October, 2020.

For Regional clubs, yesterday’s advice allows for an expansion to the clubhouse restrictions to 40 indoors, with a maximum of 10 per space,
and 70 outdoors.

You can have up to 70 people outdoors, and up to 10 people per indoor space, with a maximum of 40 people per venue indoors. The two and four square metre rules apply. Indoor spaces must be separated by permanent structures (should reach floor to ceiling or be at least 2.1 metres high) or be a discrete area of the premises. Businesses must continue to ensure people from metropolitan Melbourne do not eat-in.


UPDATE: Monday 19th October, 2020.

For Regional clubs, yesterday’s advice allows for an expansion to the clubhouse restrictions to 40 indoors, with a maximum of 10 per space,
and 70 outdoors.

UPDATE: Wednesday 14th October, 2020.

There is some contradiction in the guidelines from DHHS which will be updated when clarified. With State Government directives being updated regularly, we encourage all Clubs to familiarise themselves with the current COVID Guidelines for the sport in Victoria. Please use the below guidelines.

UPDATE: Tuesday 22nd September, 2020.

Face coverings: in most cases, must still be worn when playing bowls. The DHHS directive provides for face coverings to be removed during strenuous exercise, therefore Bowls Victoria recommends that a player may remove a face covering when puffing or breathing heavily, however it must be replaced once a player has caught their breath.  If the mask is removed, it should be kept on the person.

Canteens, Food and Drinks: Notwithstanding clubs that operate as a café/restaurant/bistro, there is conflicting advice on the use of canteens and the sale of drinks. We are confident that seated service outside is permitted for up to 50 persons, but there is still some conflicting information about indoor regulations (up to 10 persons). This means that where the clubhouse is a canteen style offering, we advise that where possible food/drinks should be served without entering the clubhouse (i.e. though a servery window etc).

AGMs: in Regional Victoria, the directive is that outdoor meetings can occur for up to 50 persons which is an opportunity to conduct an AGM in person (subject to physical distancing of 1.5m). Of course, the other option is an online meeting which your RBM can assist you to set up.

UPDATE: Wednesday 16th September, 2020.

The following new directions commence at 11.59pm on Wednesday 16th September.

COVID-19 Road to Recovery Step 3

State Government Summary of Restrictions – Move to Step 3:

  • Outdoor non-contact sport can resume for adults. Non-contact sport is any sport where you can maintain 1.5 metres between yourself and others while playing.
  • You can play sport with the number of people required to play plus necessary coaches and umpires.
  • Spectators are not allowed.
  • Outdoor sport can resume for people who are 18 years of age and younger. This includes contact sport.
  • You can play sport with the number of people required to play plus necessary coaches and umpires.
  • Spectators are allowed if they are supervising children or supporting players with additional needs, while maintain gathering limits of less than ten people.
  • Restaurants, cafes and pubs can open for predominantly outdoor dining, with limits on the number of customers.
  • Groups of customers are limited to ten people.  Businesses will be able to serve customers outdoors, with a cap of 50 seated customers per venue, and an updated ‘two square metre’ density limit in place.
  • Indoors, venues can open with a cap of ten seated customers per space – with up to two spaces per venue – and in line with the existing ‘four square metre’ density rule.
  • Tables must be spaced at least 1.5 metres apart, cleaned after every customer and the details of all customers must be kept.

Revised Stage 3 Guidelines Summary for Clubs:

Although no written confirmation has been received, until further notice Bowls Victoria interprets the current Step 3 restrictions, and the above points, to include Bowls. Therefore the following revised Step 3 Guidelines apply.

  • Clubs must receive approval from their local council to open their Club (only if they are Council owned).
  • Members must contact their local club as to when they are open.
  • Indoor bowls facilities must remain closed, noting covered greens with open sides are not classified as indoors.
  • Shared equipment (jacks & mats) should be cleaned and disinfected before and after use.
  • Outdoor toilet facilities can be used.
  • Clubs must update all signage at the club to advise members on the new requirements. Click here to download revised Club signage.

Download Stage 3 Club Signage here

General around-the-green hygiene:

  • Refrain from shaking hands, high-fives or any contact with others, and keep 1.5 metres apart.Refrain from handling other people’s bowls.
  • Mats and jacks should be handled by one person only.
  • Please keep your hands clean by having sanitiser readily available at the club.
  • Wash your hands before and after play.
  • Wear a clean uniform.
  • If you are feeling unwell then you should not attend the club under any circumstances.
  • Members in a high-risk category should strongly consider whether they should or should not be playing as per their own circumstances and/or medical advice.
  • If a member is sick or comes into contact with someone that may have tested positive to COVID-19, the club must let Bowls Victoria know immediately.

Greens Maintenance

Under the new restrictions, greenkeepers can continue to carry out their work. The guidelines state, ‘essential maintenance for safety and upkeep of public and recreational spaces, such as parks, gardens, golf courses’ is permitted, with a COVID-Safe plan.

For clubs with a paid greenkeeper, please carefully consider their contract(s) and/or employment law for guidance.

Additional Resources

For the latest Premier’s COVID-19 Statements, please click here.

Links to the latest COVID-19 information and resources, including current restriction levels, are available from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) here.