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CCSMBA Statements regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Friday 15 May 2020

Dear Members,

The CCSMBA Management Committee recently met via video conference to discuss the ongoing situation regarding the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic and the impact on our activities going forwards.

In view of the updated advice and information supplied by the Government, the Management Committee noted that the Government's shielding guidance for vulnerable groups has not changed and any restrictions that are lifted will still be subject to social distancing. It has also been well documented that the steps that the Country will take to ease lockdown restrictions are all dependant on certain tests being met over time and restrictions may be imposed again if required.

The CCSMBA's duty of care towards our members remains the upmost priority for the Management Committee. Therefore, as our sport does not lend itself well to social distancing measures and the additional issues that arise from the age profile of our membership, the Management Committee agreed that it would be difficult to plan the County Calendar as usual at this time.

As a consequence of the cancellation of the Annual General Meeting and being unable to hold a Special General Meeting at this time, under Clause 7 of the CCSMBA's Constitution, the committee is empowered to act as an emergency committee to take any action as deemed appropriate in unforeseen circumstances. An emergency committee was formed on 11th May and at this meeting it was unanimously agreed to take the following action:

  • To abandon the usual County Calendar, including the County League, with a commitment to our members that if the situation improves and it is safe to do so, a new County Calendar will be put together at that time.
  • To overrule the usual deadline of 31st May for league entry fees and annual affiliations of clubs and players as set out in the Constitution due to the unforeseen circumstances.

The Management Committee will review both of these actions at the 191st Committee Meeting scheduled for 13th July 2020 and further updates will be supplied as soon as possible.

We would again like to thank the members for their understanding during these difficult times and hope to see you all on the mat again as soon as possible.

CCSMBA Management Committee

Thursday 26 March 2020

Dear Members,

Further to our previous statement, the CCSMBA Management Committee has continued to monitor the current situation relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In view of the recent developments and the continued advice from the Government it is now clear that the Summer League will not be able to take place until the imposed "lockdown" has come to a permanent end. With no indication of when this will happen, the Management Committee have made the decision to cancel this year's Summer League.

In addition to this, May's Friends of Essex Tour has also been postponed and it is planned to host this in May 2021 instead.

The Management Committee will provide further updates relating to the rescheduling of fixtures once circumstances allow for such planning to take place.

We would again like to thank the members for their understanding during these uncertain times and look forward to seeing you on the mat again soon.

CCSMBA Management Committee

Sunday 15 March 2020

Dear Members,

As previously announced, the CCSMBA Management Committee has been closely monitoring the developing situation concerning COVID-19 over the past week. In light of the recent escalation by the World Health Organisation and the Government, this matter is clearly a cause for concern for many people and is likely to get worse over the coming weeks.

The CCSMBA has a duty of care towards all of our members and spectators at our events and, with this in mind, the Management Committee have agreed that it would be irresponsible to compromise anyone's health at one of our events. The Management Committee have therefore decided to postpone all upcoming fixtures on the County Calendar until further notice. These fixtures are as follows:

  • Inter Area Rinks Competition on 22nd March 2020
  • County 2 Wood Singles and 4 Wood Pairs Finals on 28th March 2020
  • Bebbington Cup, League Plate and County Champion of Champions on 29th March 2020
  • County Presentation Luncheon and AGM on 26th April 2020

The Summer League and Friends of Essex Tour are not currently included in the postponement and will be reviewed over the coming weeks. The Management Committee will provide further updates as soon as possible with regards to any further postponements and re-arrangement of fixtures.

With regards to the AGM, nominations for the election of officers and area representatives are still due by 1st April 2020. The current committee will continue in their positions until at least the scheduled Management Committee meeting in May as a temporary solution. Any new nominations will then be co-opted into position by the committee until this can be ratified at the re-arranged AGM.

The Management Committee would like to thank members for their understanding during these uncertain

CCSMBA Management Committee

10th March 2020

Dear Members,

At the time of writing this, the CCSMBA intends for all of our remaining events to go ahead as planned. However, the CCSMBA Management Committee would like to reassure members that the situation is being monitored daily and further updates will be provided as necessary.

The Management Committee would like to re-iterate the latest advice issued by Public Health England and make the following recommendations during this time:

  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or by using an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • When coughing or sneezing, use a tissue and discard it immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands as above. If caught without a tissue, cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone that is coughing, sneezing or has a fever.

The CCSMBA Management committee also recommends that the usual formality of shaking hands before and after a game does not take place during this time in order to minimise the risk of transmission. We also suggest that contact with equipment is kept to a minimum (e.g. not handling other people's bowls unless necessary).

If you have travelled from an area that has been affected or have been in contact with someone suspected of contracting the virus within the last 14 days and are due to play in one of our remaining fixtures, please telephone or email the Competition Secretary on as a matter of urgency.

CCSMBA Management Committee

Additional Information

ESMBA Statement
NHS Website
Public Health England
UK Government