Circuit-Breaker ShutDown ends 11.59pm Thursday 17th February

Here is the link to the Vic Premier’s statement with an attachment showing restrictions applicable from 11.59pm Thursday 17th February.


Announcement from Bowls Vic at the end of “Circuit-Breaker” shutdown 11.59pm 17th February

Bowls Vic 17th Feb FB post


Updated Summer restrictions


As of 11:59pm on 3 February 2021 new statewide restrictions are in effect:

  • Masks are mandatory in public indoor spaces. If you have visitors in your home, it is strongly recommended that masks are worn during the visit.


Masks must be worn in indoor public spaces apart from when eating or drinking.  If you are planning to leave your home – take a mask.

This means that:

  • You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home.


  • Fitted face masks must be worn in public indoor spaces unless you have a lawful reason not to. Face masks continue to be mandatory on public transport and when in taxis or ride share vehicles.


  • Wearing a face mask is strongly recommended when you can’t keep 1.5 metres distance from other people.


Bowls Victoria Facebook Page – 4th February 2021


In light of recent events, this is a timely reminder to members to remain diligent around your club, and when visiting other clubs:

  • No high-fives
  • No hand-shakes
  • No shared equipment
  • Scan club QR code on entry (or sign in)
  • Wear a mask indoors unless eating/drinking
  • Sanitise often

The latest updates on restrictions can be found here:

Be COVID-safe. Look after your mates.



from 31 December 2020



  • From 5pm on 31 December 2020 you must wear a fitted face mask when you are in public indoor spaces unless you have a lawful reason not to. This includes when visiting places such as:
    • shopping centres, supermarkets, retail outlets and indoor markets
    • hospitals and aged care facilities
    • restaurants and cafes, except when you are eating or drinking
    • churches and places of worship
    • libraries
    • indoor recreational facilities and gyms
    • indoor workplaces.
  • You must wear a fitted face mask when you are in an airport terminal. It is strongly recommended you wear a face mask while on your flight.
  • You must continue to carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to. This is in case you require your face mask, for example, if you aren’t able to keep 1.5 metres distance from other people or enter a public indoor space.
  • Face masks are mandatory on public transport and when in taxis or ride share vehicles.
  • If you have coronavirus (COVID-19) or are a close contact and you need to leave home (or the place where you are undertaking isolation or quarantine) for a permitted reason (for example in a medical emergency) then you must wear a fitted face mask.
  • If you have any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) you must wear a fitted face mask when you leave home (for example to get tested).
  • If you are awaiting test results for coronavirus (COVID-19) and you had the test done because you have symptoms, have been otherwise required to quarantine or self-isolate, or are currently experiencing symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) but you need to leave home (for example to receive urgent medical care) then you must wear a fitted face mask.
  • It is strongly recommended that you wear a face mask outdoors when you are unable to stay more than 1.5 metres from other people, such as transport stops, busy walkways and thoroughfares.
  • In situations where you must wear a mask, you must wear a fitted face mask that covers the nose and mouth. This means that face shields, bandanas or scarves or loose snoods, or loose neck gaiters on their own are not considered a sufficient face covering.
  • A cloth face mask with three layers or a surgical mask is recommended by the Chief Health Officer, as it provides the best protection for you and others.
  • There are a number of lawful excuses for not wearing a face mask in settings where a face mask is mandatory such as illness or disability. Other reasons a person may choose not to wear a mask include where the person is:
    • under 12 years of age
    • a student at a primary school or outside school hours care
    • in the process of being married
    • a professional sportsperson when training or competing
    • engaged in any strenuous physical exercise
    • receiving a service where it is not reasonably practicable to receive that service wearing a face covering.


Latest information from Bowls Victoria that incorporates changes announced by the Government on 22 November.


On 30th October the rules changed again!



UPDATE: Friday 30th October, 2020.

Bowls Victoria today participated in a number of meetings with various agencies and the State Government, which have resulted in confirmation of a number of changes to our previous advice.

This advice is current as of today, 30th October 2020, and affects both Metro Melbourne and Regional Victoria.

There are 3 key areas of change:

Masks are now mandatory, and all conflicting information has been corrected. This is a Victorian Government directive. Further detail can be found in the Return to Play Guidelines below.

We have received clarification that access to clubhouses is permitted where there is a bar, café or restaurant. Clubs which only have a clubhouse, with no hospitality offering, are only permitted to open toilets and changerooms.

Groups of up to 10 people are permitted outdoors on greens, but groups must now be 10m apart. This rule does not apply to pennant, pennant practice or other state events. Information on this change can be found in the sections titled “Number of players” and “Types of Competitions”.

We understand that the ongoing changes will be causing frustration, however be prepared that there will likely be more to come and quite likely prior to the next round of major changes due to be announced on the 8th of November.

We must stress that the content below is current at the time of publication but is subject to change, as the situation is still fluid.

Additional Resources:

  • For the latest State Government COVID-19 update, 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.


On 21 October Murray Bowls Division circulated the following information about masks.

BowlsVic has advised, following a query about the DHHS statement on wearing masks in Victoria, that bowlers do not have to wear a mask while participating in bowls.

Masks must be worn to and from the venue, and to access toilets, bar facilities etc, however they may be removed while players are on the greens or surrounds during the match.


on 19 October Bowls Victoria updated the Navigating a Return to Play: COVID guidelines for Bowls Clubs to include information announced on 18 October.


on 13 October Bowls Victoria released and published Navigating a Return to Play: COVID guidelines for Bowls Clubs

As the first line of that document states ” information is rapidly changing…”

And in fact on 18th October it was announced that Club Houses can host 40 indoors  (subject to 4sqm/person and max 10 per space) and 70 outdoors (subject to 2sqm/person) – both for seated service.


On 1 October 2020 Murray Bowls Division issued the following update:

Welcome to the new world of playing bowls in a covid environment. We are fortunate in that we are now able to play a pennant season, albeit one with a few more challenges than normal.

As you know the conditions under which we are able to play are constantly changing, so the guidelines which we outline below could be totally different tomorrow!

The bottom line is that we must all abide by the relevant restrictions in whichever state we are playing. Social distancing is important all round.

Border Crossing

There is currently a border region which stretches along the NSW-Victorian border which includes all of our Murray Division clubs.

  • To cross the border each individual player must obtain a border region resident permit. This permit is based on your residential address and allows the holder to travel anywhere within the border region for any reason.
  • Permits can be obtained online at The permit is valid for 14 days and only takes a few minutes to obtain.
  • Please note that Victorian residents can not have travelled outside of the border region in the 14 days prior to crossing the border.
  • To check whether an address is within the border region go to and type the required address into the search box.
  • Clubs may need to appoint someone to facilitate the obtaining of permits for those players who do not have access to the website.

Face Coverings

Face coverings are mandatory in Victoria.

  • People will need to wear a fitted face mask that covers the nose and mouth.
  • Face shields, bandannas and scarfs will no longer be acceptable, with anyone seen wearing these risking a fine for breaching coronavirus public health measures.
  • 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.
  • A face mask is not required if a person is affected by a relevant medical condition, including problems with their breathing, a serious condition of the face, a disability or a mental health condition. A medical certificate is not required.
  • A plastic face mask insert can make breathing more comfortable. They are sometimes called a breathing bracket insert and are available online.
  • Please be respectful of those players who have genuine reasons for not wearing a mask.

Club Facilities

We all need to be mindful that different Clubs will have differing conditions of operation imposed upon them by their relevant governing bodies. We will inform you of any relevant information closer to the commencement of the season.


From 11.59pm Wednesday 16th September 2020 we moved to Step 3 on the Roadmap out of restrictions and towards COVID-normal.

The following advice was received from Bowls Victoria:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


 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. Shared equipment (jacks & mats) should be cleaned and disinfected before and after use.
  • 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.


outdated information below here – but kept for historical information so we can follow our journey!

Until 11.59pm Sunday 13 September Cobram Bowling Club is operating under Stage 3 Restrictions imposed by the Victorian Government in an attempt to control the spread of coronavirus throughout Victoria.

From that time (Monday 14th September) we will be operating under STEP 2 of the Roadmap announced by the Premier on Sunday 6th September.

This does not change anything for the operation of our Bowling Club.

There will be no access to the Clubhouse other than to obtain equipment and sign the attendance register.

Use of the greens is the same as under the previous Stage 3 restrictions (see below)

Full details about Step 2 restrictions

(Return to Bowls in accordance with Stage 3 restrictions)

Access to Club will be via Showgrounds.

Club house is closed  – except to sign attendance register, collect bowls/mat/jack, use toilet.

Roll-up permitted under following conditions (no competition):

  • Only 2 bowlers per rink
  • Maximum 10 per green (if green is full, please come back later)
  • Social distancing to be observed (1.5m)
  • Only one person per rink to handle jack and mat – and disinfect after use.

Use hand sanitiser and wash hands at end of roll-up.

Wear your mask (unless exempt).

Bring your own water bottle.

Please leave the Club grounds as soon as possible after your roll-up.

If you are unwell – please stay away and if you have cold/flu/covid symptoms – please go and get tested.

 All questions to Ray – 0427 040 821

 The Executive

Cobram Bowling Club