THE local bowling season will be delayed for a few weeks at least through the corona virus crisis.

Cowdenbeath BC and Broad Street, in Cowdenbeath; and Lochgelly's North Street set-up will not now open as usual at the beginning of April.

The management committee of Cowdenbeath BC has taken the decision to close the club indefinitely.

Said the management committee in a statement: "This is in line with Government guidelines. The Health & Wellbeing of our members, their families and the general public is our paramount concern, we must All do what we can to minimize/delay the spread of the coronavirus.

"We are aware of the inconvenience this may cause to our members and anyone who has an upcoming booking at the club. We will be contacting everyone that has a booking and also the clubs we are due to play in the month of April. The opening of the green, on the April 4, is also suspended until further notice.

"The committee would like to thank the members who have paid their annual fees. This much needed income will ensure that Cowdenbeath BC will be able to pay its bills and be ready to open once the Government deems that it is safe to do so. We are hoping to still play some competitions later in the year so we have representatives for next year's National Competitions.

"It is anticipated that members will be able to use the green from Saturday April 18 as social bowlers (£50 payment before playing on the green) so long as they have no underlying symptoms. It is up to individuals to carry out their own assessment.

"When the club is back to normal, full fees minus the £50 paid, and a deduction of a percentage of months of the season missed, will be calculated to come up with prices for the annual fees".

The statement added: "There will still be tasks to do around the clubhouse and if it is safe to do so and you wish to help then please contact a member of the committee.

"As we receive further guidance we will share this with our members via social media and on the notice board in the clubhouse as and when we receive it.

"Finally please stay safe and let’s stay positive. With everyone pulling together we will come through this stronger.

"Ask yourself this question 'what can I do to help others' maybe you can collect shopping or a take-away, doing washing, do a bit of gardening, put waste buckets out etc. There are lots of small everyday tasks we all take for granted but doing these when self-isolated will be difficult".

The Broad Street Committee said on Wednesday: "I all as you probably know, in line with the Government's recommendations, the decision was made on Tuesday night to close the club until further notice.

"This obviously includes entertainment and parties etc.

"All Scotland District, National and International competitions have been cancelled for the coming season. All County championships have been postponed until further notice.

"This is a very unfortunate situation, however, we all must do our bit to ensure the NHS does not breach capacity and the health of members especially the elderly and those with existing health conditions is paramount."

The Lochgelly club has the same situation and members are able to keep up to date on what is happening on the club Facebook page.