GRAAFF-REINET BOWLING NEWS - After an absence of 17 weeks, the Graaff-Reinet Bowling Club started playing social bowls again on 18 July. Sixteen players were on the greens on Saturday.
On 16 July, the minister of sports, arts and culture, Nathi Mthethwa, gave the go-ahead for SA Bowls to return to play.
Players and club personnel will have to adhere to Covid-19 health regulations.
The president of the Graaff-Reinet bowling club, Francois 'Oosie' Oosthuizen, said the club's management on Thursday and Friday were hard at work to get everything in place for social bowling to be resumed within the rules for the eradication and prevention of the Covid-19 pandemic.
This includes sanitising of the club and facilities. No spectators are allowed.
Oosthuizen expressed his joy and gratitude for the fact that bowling can continue again. He said that the club will host social games on Wednesdays and Saturdays during these uncertain times. No more than 20 players may compete on the greens at a time. The clubhouse will, for now, remain closed and players are only allowed to use the restrooms.
Before and after play, all players' temperature must be measured and they must wear a mask at all times. During play, they must sanitise their hands. Players must leave the premises within ten minutes after play.
Oosthuizen said the clubhouse and other facilities must be sanitised and deep-cleaned before and after each day of play.
The ever-popular Graaff-Reinet Classic bowling event has also been postponed until 2021 and no competitive games are planned for the remaining of the year.
The business league, which saw only one of five rounds being played before lockdown, is also on hold for now. "Once we have adapted we may look at a challenging game that will limit the number of people at once," Oosthuizen said about the business league.
For most players, it was nice to be able to play again, but they miss the socialization before and after matches.
At this stage, only pairs and singles are played for social distancing to be obtained.
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