Bowling centres re-open with single matches

Fadhil Yunus

Bowling centres in Brunei Darussalam opened their doors to the public following the announcement that 10-pin bowling had been included in the list of sports which contest single matches as part of the updated guidelines of indoor sports facilities.

Popular bowling arenas such as Utama iBowl Bowling Centre and Golden Bowling Company received good response from bowlers after resuming operations yesterday afternoon. In adhering to the guidelines, the capacity entry has been capped at 30 per cent.

Several bowling lanes were occupied shortly after Golden Bowling Company opened with one regular playing a series of games having been the first customer.

Bowling centres have been closed since March amid the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, but operators received the green light following the latest move from the government to add bowling under sports that are allowed, as announced on June 6.

Bowlers at a bowling centre. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

Other sports that fall under those that perform single matches are badminton, tennis, table tennis, squash, cue sports, lawn bowls, petanque and archery.

The resumption of bowling further heightened recreational sports activity in the country after badminton facilities opened for the public on Friday.

One of the key measures put in place at the facility include only one bowler allocated to one lane with group games not allowed. In an event where there is a group of bowlers per booking, each individual must be separated into different lanes.

Establishments also set a certain limit of persons allowed with Golden Bowling setting a limit of 30 people. Before the COVID-19 restrictions, the Golden Bowling Company could accommodate more than 100 people especially during tournaments.

Players may use house balls which are cleaned after each session. Bowling centres make it a priority that house balls, lanes, seats as well as surroundings are cleaned and sanitised at the end of each session.

Upon entering the premises, staff are present to ensure that each user scans their QR code through their BruHealth application before using the facility.

Each player is allowed to play for one hour in accordance with the updated guidelines by the Ministry of Health (MoH). Markings are also placed in seating areas in line with social distancing measures.

The operational times on Sunday for Utama iBowl are divided into two sessions as they close their facility in between for cleaning.