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CORONAVIRUS 2020 – MDBL Statement No. 1. 15th March
Although this is not a time for panic, the League’s officers felt it only right to communicate directly with member clubs to keep them posted on their contingency plans for coping with the coronavirus outbreak. This policy has been put in place together with the Whitchurch League so we have continuity within our respective communities.
We are now receiving helpful guidance from the SCGBA, BCGBA and Sport England which will be passed on.
Your officers are very reluctant to make any firm decisions until after the County Executive meeting on Monday 23rd March – in the hope that the picture becomes a lot clearer by then - and will most likely get together to firm up proposals later before the next Executive Meeting.
As you are aware we have an Executive Meeting on March 25th. We will then be able to talk directly to clubs before the season starts on April 3rd with all the latest advice and any emergency playing measures - if indeed we get to start as scheduled.
That meeting is at Adderley Village Hall at 8.00pm and following health guidelines would be limited to only one representative per club – for this meeting we would suggest it is the club chairman or secretary please.
Obviously, we all want to go ahead with the full playing schedule as planned, but we have been making contingency plans, some of which are listed below and they would need to be discussed by clubs in advance of the March 25th meeting. This letter will be posted on the Front Page section of the website this week so that all League bowlers can see what we are doing and considering.
If the outbreak gets as widespread and serious as predicted one option is to just play the League’s fixtures in the second half of the season - starting in late June/early July when the peak should have passed - with no promotion or relegation and prize money reduced accordingly.
The Team Knockouts would have to be called off for 2020 and what League competitions we hold could be decided at a management meeting - if indeed we get a green light then and clubs want to go ahead.
It’s drastic we know, but it would only take one bowler in a member club to test positive and we would be in a real mess.
And there is also the age of many of the League’s bowlers to consider. Being the most vulnerable to the disease, they may now want to make themselves unavailable to play – leaving clubs unable to field full teams for fixtures.
If and when we do get to play fixtures washing hands before and after matches will be vital, cleaning jacks before and after games will be crucial as well.
Let’s just hope it does not come to this – but we have to be prepared for the worst case scenario.
Wendy Icke, MDBL Secretary
There is now a link called Honours Board to see all the past winners of each Division and Individual Competitions.