We have now received further clarification and confirmation from sportscotland and the Scottish Government regarding the next easing of restrictions for lawn bowls. All the changes set out below are applicable to our member clubs.

Bowling Activity (Effective from 25th August):

  • On the green, a ‘bowling bubble’ of up to 30 players can be created whilst play is taking place, in effect suspending Scottish Government household number guidelines for the duration of the activity. Good hygiene should be followed and where possible, physical distancing should still be maintained
  • Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours can now resume as normal in line with the above ‘bowling bubble’
  • Normal household guidelines must be adhered to before and after play
  • The maximum number permitted on the green increases from a 24 to 30
  • All rinks can be used if the maximum number on the green is not exceeded
  • Where a participant with a disability requires functional support to enable their participation this can be provided without maintaining physical distancing
  • Coaches can deliver to a maximum of 30 players (please also see the updated Children and Young Peoples guidance)

Competitions (Effective from 25th August):

  • The maximum number of players allowed to compete in an open or internal club one-day competition increases from 24 to 30
  • No restrictions on households on the green as per Bowling Activity guidance
  • Club friendlies are now permitted

Facilities (Effective from 31st August):

  • Access to locker rooms/changing rooms and storage areas is permitted for the dropping off and collection of bowling equipment
  • Use of shower facilities should be avoided, however they may be made available for participants with disabilities or additional needs

To view our updated Guidance Documents including Competitions & FAQ’s, please click here -

Bowls Scotland must re-iterate that public health remains the number one priority and we ask clubs not to prematurely implement these changes if they are not ready to do so. Please take time to plan, risk assess and ensure caution before implementing these changes to ensure the safety of your members and the wider community. 

If you have any further enquiries or are looking for assistance with implementing these new changes, please contact your relevant National Development Officer:

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