Latest RFU advice 13/3/20 6pm

The RFU’s advice is that clubs use government and Public Health England’s guidance to inform their knowledge as the latest information is available on the government’s website and is updated daily. Click here.

The government announced on Thursday there is no change in advice regarding sporting events at the moment i.e. they can continue. Given this, league and cup games planned for this weekend will played as usual. However we recognise that competition organisers, players and clubs are seeking advice on specific details, so the RFU’s position is that in the event of situations where:

(a) Covid-19 case or cases have been reported or suspected in relation to player and/or individuals connected to a club (or closely connected to a club, player or such other individual connected to a club); and/or
(b) such individuals are subject to the Governmental advice to self-isolate;

Postponements of fixtures involving the clubs will be permitted as a justifiable reason for postponement, subject to clubs notifying the opposition and the competition organiser of the postponement (in accordance with competition organisers’ instructions). The RFU regulations will continue to apply.

The RFU will keep this under continual review and will be assessing the situation over the weekend in line with latest Government advice. If there are any planned changes to the future playing of the league and cup programmes this will be communicated to clubs and participants as soon as possible

Clubs may also find this information useful:

• Guidance on educational settings – Read more
• NHS overview – Read more

It is up to individual clubs to decide internally if, how or what they communicate to their members.

As tour season is approaching we advise clubs to monitor the government’s website for an update on your proposed tour destination – Click here.

With spring around the corner many clubs will be finalising their plans for the tour season. This year with the arrival of the Cornonavirus there’s an increased need to ensure that everything that needs to be in place is, especially whether the tour can go ahead and also check travel insurance. Make sure you are prepared:

  • ·         Keep a daily eye on the government’s advice on Coronavirus.
  • ·         Monitor the government’s website for an update on your proposed tour destination – Read 
  • ·         Check out the useful tour page – Read
  • ·         Check your club’s travel insurance policy is adequate – here’s the link to our insurance page – Read
  • ·         Ensure you have adhered to the safeguarding policies – Read 
  • ·         Make sure you have undertaken the risk assessment required – Read
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