UPDATED 19 December 8pm: The government has now updated its advice. This means rugby activity can continue for U18s.
However, as many parents, volunteers and children in Tier 4 areas will naturally be concerned, we suggest rugby activities for Sunday 20 December are cancelled.
19 December 6pm: The RFU is waiting for further information from government in regard to what the latest Tier 4 measures, announced by the Prime Minister today, will mean for rugby training and friendly fixtures that are scheduled for Sunday 20 December and afterwards.
The government has advised the new strain of Covid is 70% more transmissible and extra caution should be taken.
At this stage and until further guidance is received, the RFU recommends that clubs in Tier 4 areas should consider cancelling training or fixtures.
Due to the large number of adults required to run training sessions, the most sensible option in Tier 4 areas is to postpone planned rugby activity until further guidance is available from the government.
Areas going into Tier 4 lockdown are:
- Surrey (excluding Waverley)
- The boroughs of Gosport, Havant, Portsmouth, Rother and Hastings
- All 32 London boroughs and the city of London
- Central Bedfordshire
- Milton Keynes
- Essex (excluding Colchester, Uttlesford and Tendring)
For further information and resources for clubs on Coronavirus, visit the Coronavirus support hub.
Link: Full Tier 4 Article