BowlsWales asked the Welsh Government over the weekend to confirm the situation regarding the resumption of bowls activities in Wales, given its absence from the weekly statement last Friday afternoon 29 May and the First Minister’s subsequent interview on S4C that evening.

The Welsh Government has confirmed today (Monday 1 June) to BowlsWales that the restrictions on a number of outside activities such as bowls have not been lifted and therefore remain in force. Please see the directive below from Welsh Government.

“Bowling greens will need to remain closed in Wales. The Welsh Government has prioritised one main measure when undertaking this three week review of the regulations and our priority has been to enable family & friends to meet.  

We are working with Bowls Wales for the safe return of bowls. Our approach to easing lockdown restrictions has been cautious, based on the latest scientific advice, in order to protect lives.”

BowlsWales shares the disappointment with the bowling community but will continue the work and communication with Welsh Government for preparation for the next review of regulations. In the meantime, clubs are reminded that they are not permitted by the Welsh Government to reopen for activities.

The next list of activities which will be permitted, subject to adherence to overall restrictions, is due to be published by the Welsh Government on Friday 19 June, and we will, of course, keep everyone up to date with any developments regarding the return of our sport.