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COVID.19. Bulletin for Egerton Park Indoor Bowls Club Members 1st September 2020
The Directors and Management continue to consider the health and safety of our members on the opening of our Bowls Centre. We have now had five versions of guidance issued by the EIBA, in the last few weeks, the latest Ver 5 was made available on 27th August 2020 each guidance contained at least 15 pages of advice that came from the Governments advice on Bowls Clubs and Sports Halls. It is made clear in every version that it is each club’s individual responsibility, and that we have a Duty of Care to ensure that we keep our members, staff, volunteers, and visitors safe. The latest advice amongst others advises that everyone that comes into the building must wear a face covering at all times except when the member is actually bowling or when the member is in the Restaurant, when not doing these things the face coverings must be put back on. Another requirement each club has to implement is to provide 100% fresh air in the club at the rate of 20 litres per second per person, which is a 65% increase on what was previously required since 2005, while also reminding us “the fewer players on the rink the higher the fresh air supply will be”. many clubs will fail to be able to do that and some have already decided to remain closed. Other requirements are more enhanced hygiene practices throughout the day, in every part of the building. There are dozens of more requirements that we have to manage and implement to try and make our premises safe, including keeping a record of everybody in the Club each day and keep for 21 days for Track and Trace purposes, also more social distancing requirements, and also consider altering the size of the rinks to allow social distancing, one-way walking systems around the club, reduced numbers allowed on to the rinks, putting changing rooms and lockers out of bounds and blocking them, managing the reduced use of the Toilets with one in one out, and many more. The Board of Directors, the Staff, and most of the members are in the at-risk group as described by Government, and because of that The Board of Directors do not consider it is safe to open the club, We were hoping that by now the risk to our members and staff would be reduced, and near-normal would prevail and we could implement a plan to open later this year but if anything, the risks at this time seem to be getting worse, certainly, the EIBA and Government Guidance have included more requirements in each subsequent Version of Guidance that they have sent to us, and the Government Health and Science Advisors are now warning of a second wave about to hit the UK and that the older population of our Country could be facing a difficult winter. Not that we need to be reminded about how uncertain these times are, the EIBA state in the last sentence of each Version of the Guidance “the Government may/ or will change their decision on Indoor Bowls being allowed to be played across the country and/or in specific locations”.
We as a Club have to make a decision now so that everyone knows what is happening at our Club.
So, the Board of Directors has decided that Egerton Park Indoor Bowls Club will not be opening to members for the foreseeable future, and we will review that decision in January 2021. We find this a sad decision but it is the right one to keep everyone safe.
We hope you and your families all keep safe and please keep an eye on the web site for any news. If any of you know any member who has not got access to the internet, can you please share this statement with them.
The Board of Directors EPIBC Ltd
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE
OF THE EGERTON PARK INDOOR BOWLS CLUB LTD.
WILL BE HELD IN THE CLUB LOUNGE
UNDER THE RELEVANT ** COVID CONDITIONS ** ON
FRIDAY 18 DECEMBER 2020 AT 7.00 PM.
** COVID CONDITIONS **
AT THE TIME OF THIS NOTICE BUT SUBJECT TO A GOVERNMENT CHANGE
SOCIAL DISTANCING TO A MAXIMUM OF 23 MEMBERS AND 7 DIRECTORS AND STAFF
DETAILS OF THE A.G.M. INCLUDING THE ACCOUNTS WILL BE SENT IN THE TIME REQUIRED BY THE CLUBS RULES TO ALL MEMBERS.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE AN ATTENDEE TO THIS MEETING PLEASE SEND
A REQUEST TO THE CLUBS EMAIL ADDRESS
OR WRITE DIRECTLY TO THE COMPANY SECRETARY
E.P.I.B.C. LTD EGERTON ROAD BEXHILL – ON – SEA TN39 3HL.
IF NUMBERS EXCEED THE BUILDINGS RELEVANT MAXIMUM COVID CAPACITY IT WILL BE NECESSARY TO HOLD A BALLOT TO RATIFY THOSE ABLE TO ATTEND WHOSE NAMES WILL BE POSTED ON THE WEBSITE PRIOR TO THE MEETING.
PLEASE PASS THIS NOTICE ON TO ANY MEMBER YOU KNOW WHO HAS NOT GOT ACCESS TO THE INTERNET OR FACEBOOK.