A number of teams have asked what rules will be introduced by the Committee post pandemic regarding hygiene and protection from the virus when skittling.
The simple answer is NONE given that the Government has removed almost all legal restrictions on social contact and advised people to proceed with caution and social responsibility. The Committee cannot legislate for every eventuality and it will therefore be left to each team to ascertain what practices and procedures are in place at their home alley. Should you feel uncomfortable with those arrangements, if any, then you should discuss your concerns with the landlord or steward to ensure that personal health is not compromised and be prepared to provide your own hand gels etc if necessary. For away games you should assume the worst-case scenario where no restrictions are in place.
Given the ease with which the virus can be transmitted the practice of players moistening their hand with spittle, the use of wet towels and the raising of a skittle ball close to one’s face must cease. You should also consider whether it is appropriate for both teams to be in the alley at the same time, if the alley is in a confined space, and whether you continue with the usual formalities at the end of the game.
The Committee must stress that whilst steps can be taken to keep people as safe as possible, whilst skittling, nothing is fool proof. We expect players will do their best to keep to the obvious guidelines if doubts persist then you should make your own decision over playing.