The United States Bowling Congress has canceled all remaining national events for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The full announcement can be read on bowl.com.
Governor Northam signed Executive Order Sixty-Five and presented the second phase of the “Forward Virginia” plan to continue safely and gradually easing public health restrictions while containing the spread of COVID-19. Unfortunately, bowling centers are not allowed to open yet. Unless something changes, they will be closed at least until Virginia enters Phase 3, which could be another 2 to 4 weeks.
Section B CONTINUED RESTRICTIONS
- “Certain Recreational and Entertainment Businesses:
All public access to recreational and entertainment businesses set forth below shall remain closed:
a. Indoor theaters, Indoor performing arts centers, indoor concert venues, and other indoor entertainment centers;
b. Historic horse racing facilities; and
c. Bowling alleys, skating rinks, arcades, amusement parks, trampoline parks, fairs, carnivals, arts and craft facilities, escape rooms, and other places of indoor public amusement.
Cleaning of bowling balls with ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL ONLY will be allowed until further notice. Also note the FAQ regarding the temporary waiver of rules 106a,106b, 320a and 320b regarding league and tournament play.
The rule regarding no balance holes is still expected to take effect on August 1, 2020. Despite the shutdown of the bowling industry caused by the coronavirus pandemic, USBC clearly feels there has been enough notice given to allow adequate time for players to have made adjustments to their equipment.
The USBC will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and can rescind the waiver of Rules 106a,106b, 320a and 320b and the allowance of isopropyl alcohol for cleaning at any time.
Hello Virginia State USBC Bowlers. We wanted to give you an update with all the misinformation that is circulating right now.
- The Virginia State USBC Women’s Tournament IS CANCELLED. We plan to reschedule at a later date, if possible. Refunds are being mailed to the team captains, but please be patient.
- The Virginia State USBC Open, scheduled to start on May 16, IS STILL A GO AT THIS TIME. The Virginia State Board of Directors are scheduled to hold a meeting on April 19, 2020 to discuss going forward with this Tournament.
- The Virginia State Board of Directors and Delegates Annual Meeting scheduled for May 9, 2020 IS CANCELLED. Please let your representatives know.
- Please follow us here or on Facebook for information.
Johnny Harris, Virginia State USBC Association Manager
Hello fellow Virginia State bowlers:
With the events of the last few days, the Virginia Women’s State Tournament has been cancelled. Tournament Director Anne Ray will be issuing refund checks to the team captains in the next few days. We will visit the possibility of holding the Tournament later once this crisis has passed. We regret having to make this decision and will miss seeing you all.
The Virginia State Board of Directors will meet on April 19, 2020, to determine what action, if any, will be taken on the Virginia State Open Tournament scheduled to start May 16, 2020. Please follow the Virginia State USBC website for updated information.
Also, the decision has been made to cancel the Virginia State Annual Meeting on May 9, 2020 in Richmond, Virginia.
We wish you well and good health until we can see you again.
Johnny Harris, Virginia State USBC, Association Manager