Shepparton News

No play if you have no jab

- By TYLER MAHER

If you wish to participat­e in or be a spectator at lawn bowls matches in the region this summer, you must be fully vaccinated or hold a medical exemption.

That is the message from the Goulburn Murray Bowls Region after updated advice from Bowls Victoria was distribute­d on October 18.

It is expected that other summer sports will follow suit once their respective governing bodies finalise the specifics around vaccine mandates in the coming weeks.

Following an online meeting with BV — attended by president Alan Rogers and secretary Stephen McGregor — the GMBR has put in place a vaccinatio­n policy for the Goulburn Valley and Murray playing area seasons ahead.

“The region’s board has set a policy on vaccinatio­n requiremen­ts for season 2021-22 as follows,” a document distribute­d to the clubs of the region on Wednesday said.

“In the case of Goulburn Murray Bowls Region pennant, state and region events — all players and spectators must be fully vaccinated or hold an approved medical exemption.

“Responsibi­lity for policing this policy will fall on: Club boards, club/region selectors at venues — side managers/COVID marshalls.

“If a bowler has not been vaccinated or does not hold an exemption (medical certificat­e) he/she cannot play pennant or enter state events.

“The region’s board, in setting the policy, is doing so due to the anticipate­d Victorian Government Road Rules for Community Sport, once the 80 per cent double vaccinatio­n has been achieved in Victoria.

“This policy is effective from November 5, 2021.”

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