The good news arrived in the wake of bad news.
Following the NSW government's decision last week to ban community sport until 80 per cent of the population is fully vaccinated, it has emerged that club bowls can resume.
In a statement on Monday, Bowls NSW said clubs located in non-lockdown areas could resume internal club competitions, social bowls and roll-ups.
A maximum of 20 people are allowed on a green at a time, while a maximum of 50 people are allow on premises at a time.
Most of the New England North West came out of lockdown on Saturday, when bowling clubs in non-lockdown areas reopened but only staged roll-ups.
On Monday, Bowls NSW said "the licensed premises must be open for greens to be open".
Zone 3 president Ian Bannister said the reopening of greens was "good news" because clubs had "struggled" through the lockdown.
"I moved out to Manilla to play and we're having our first [post-lockdown] competition this weekend," he said.
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