This is no ordinary time, and we’re all facing huge challenges. We’re committed to being as supportive as we can to our members, and doing all we can to help people stay active in this difficult time.

Latest government guidance

The government has now announced their plans for the easing of lockdown restrictions and more information on how this affects sport and physical activity can be found here.

The below guidance should be followed until restrictions are eased.

You should minimise time spent outside your home.

It’s against the law to meet socially with family or friends unless they’re part of your household or support bubble. You can only leave your home to exercise, and not for the purpose of recreation or leisure (e.g. a picnic or a social meeting). This should be limited to once per day, and you shouldn’t travel outside your local area.

You can exercise in a public outdoor place:

  • by yourself
  • with the people you live with
  • with your support bubble (if you’re legally permitted to form one)
  • in a childcare bubble where providing childcare
  • or, when on your own, with one person from another household (going for a walk with someone counts as exercise).

Public outdoor places include:

  • parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests
  • public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them)
  • the grounds of a heritage site
  • playgrounds.

There are, however, two exemptions to the national lockdown restrictions for sport and activity:

  • Organised outdoor sport for disabled people is allowed to continue.
  • Elite sportspeople (and their coaches if necessary, or parents/guardians if they are under 18) – or those on an official elite sports pathway – are allowed to meet in larger groups, to compete and train.

Outdoor sports venues, including tennis courts, golf courses and swimming pools, must close.

For more information please read Bowls England Return to Play