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McLVBC Covid-19 Vaccination Policy

The Board of Management at it’s meeting held on Wednesday 15 December 2021 adopted the Bowls SA ‘No Jab, No Play’ Policy for all Pennants players and Bowls SA associated competitions held at the Club. This policy required that all players be double vaccinated against Covid-19 by Monday 10 January 2022, or provide proof of a medical exemption.

At the most recent Board of Management Meeting this week on Monday 10 January 2022, the Board ratified the extension of this policy to include all bowling and social activities at the Club (including Friday Night Dinners), and will come into effect as of Monday 24 January 2022. This means that all volunteers, social bowlers, visitors, darts players, third party hirers, contractors, deliveries, etc must show proof of double vaccination against Covid-19, or proof of a medical exemption, to participate in any activity on the greens or enter the clubrooms. Signs to this effect will be placed at all entrances to the clubrooms.

The rationale for this decision is to meet our obligation of duty of care to our members and our volunteers.  We want our Club to be a safe environment for all to enjoy, and provide everyone with some degree of extra safety.

Please note that it is still a requirement for all visitors to scan the QR bar code every time you come to the Club. If you are unsuccessful with scanning the code or do not have a smart phone, it is essential that you sign in using the hard copy forms near the entrance. Please also sanitize your hands whenever you come into the Club.

Bowls SA Vaccination Policy

The following is copied from the Bowls SA website 9th Dec 2021:

‘NO JAB, NO PLAY’ POLICY ENDORSED BY BOWLS SA BOARD

In response to the South Australian Government’s recently implemented COVID-Ready Plan, and following extensive consultation with associations, clubs, and players across the State, the Bowls SA Board has endorsed a ‘No Jab, No Play’ Policy.

This policy, which comes into effect from Monday, 10 January, 2022, will make it a mandatory requirement for anyone involved in the delivery and participation of all Association pennant competitions and Bowls SA events, including State Events and training courses, to be fully vaccinated.

However, the mandating of a ‘No Jab, No Play’ Policy for individual clubs is a decision that is up to each club and how they wish to proceed.

This decision comes following a State-wide anonymous survey, which asked participants to:

  • Anonymously advise on their vaccine status and intentions (for those not fully vaccinated).
  • In relation to bowls facilities, state their preference for the mandatory requirement of vaccinations, except where legitimate medical exemptions applied.

6,576 individuals involved in bowls at various levels and in different roles here in South Australia took part in the survey.

Those roles included club committee members, club volunteers or staff members, club members, social members, club visitors and others.

85% of participants in the survey were in favour of mandatory vaccines.

93% said they have received their first and second dose of a COVID vaccine.

This information, along with that gathered from a meeting between Bowls SA and all associations on November 22, was then originally presented to the Bowls SA Board on Tuesday, 30 November for discussion.

The Board then met again last night to reassess the situation, with a decision to endorse a ‘No Jab, No Play’ Policy made following a lengthy discussion between Bowls SA Board Directors.

Bowls SA Caretaker CEO Taryn Sexton said the decision was “not made lightly”.

“The implementation of a ‘No Jab, No Play’ Policy is something that we have been discussing extensively over the past three weeks, as we wanted to make sure we had all aspects covered,” she said.

“Following discussions with associations and the feedback we received from our state-wide survey, it was clear to see that there was a strong preference for such policy to be put in place.

“We embrace the opportunity to be a leader in the South Australian sporting community and show how much we value the health and safety of our players and volunteers, who are mostly part of a very vulnerable demographic.”

Further information regarding the implementation of this policy will be communicated to players, clubs and associations.

Bowls SA encourages all players, clubs and associations to continue to follow the ongoing advice from SA Health and the SA Government.

Taylor Bowls Super Challenge Cancelled

The Taylor Bowls Super Challenge, sponsored by Taylor Bowls, is an exciting 10-a-side lawn bowls competition, consisting of all 4 disciplines: singles, pairs, triples and fours. Playing during the twilight hours of the South Australian summer, clubs from across the Adelaide metropolitan area compete in six sections to take home the trophy and prize money in three divisions: Gold, Silver and Bronze. The Taylor Bowls Super Challenge is an open gender competition.

With the uncertainty of Covid19, and with the belief that many clubs will adhere to the suggestion from Bowls SA, it has been decided to cancel the competition for the current 2021/ 2022 season, due to the Bowls SA No Jab No Play policy that will come into force as of the 10th January 2022.