There has been a change of public guidance in the UK with regard to the Corona Virus (COVID-19).
The main change is that people should stay at home for 7 days from the onset of
- New continuous cough and/OR
- High temperature (fever)
Guidance can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
England Rugby have also issued a statement via the community game update. The text of which is below.
England Rugby Statement Regarding Coronavirus
The government today announced that there is no change at the moment to sporting events. Given this, league games will continue to be played as usual, unless a club has made different arrangements as relevant to their own circumstances.
Should this position change, we will notify league organisers and will provide an update on the England Rugby website – https://www.englandrugby.com/news/article/important-update-for-clubs–coronavirus-covid-19
We do appreciate that there is some concern about games taking place at this point in time so it is a club’s call if they want to cancel games, etc.
There have been a number of general enquiries regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our guidance at this time is for clubs to follow the Government’s advice to inform any decisions as it is updated on a regular basis.
It would be helpful if you could also let your local RDO know if you are aware of anyone at your club testing positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19).
End of statement
Action for Clubs
The action for clubs at this point is to consider the logistical impact of anyone who may need to stay home due to showing the above signs or symptoms.
- Ensure everyone is aware of the guidance, and complies with NHS advice.
- Have a plan in place for you to be able to contact players at short notice should you need to cancel training or matches.
- Risk assess to ensure that any training can take place safely e.g. appropriate coach to player ratios.
- Reinforce the need for good hand hygiene amongst players, and spectators
While the risk to individuals who are taking part in the game is low, the concern is regarding spread amongst the community.
Links and Further Advice
Government Guidance – https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
NHS England Guidance – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
NHS Wales Guidance – https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/
Sports Hygiene – http://www.groundsmanship.co.uk/sportshygiene
Coronavirus Poster (this is the most applicable one for clubs) – https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/869250/Coronavirus_advice_for_educational_settings_poster.pdf
Please ensure details are up to date on GMS to ensure the appropriate people receive these updates.
RugbySafe Manager – North Midlands RFU