The RFU have provided an update following the news from the government.

Last night the Prime Minister announced new lockdown restrictions which are due to come in to force on Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December.

The Government has now published guidance on the new restrictions.

Over the next few days we will be seeking clarification on what these restrictions mean for team sports and we will provide a full update in next Tuesday’s CGU.  In the meantime, local restrictions apply and we remain at Stage D in the return to rugby roadmap.

We will continue to work with Government to enable a return to play in some form as soon as it is safe to do so.

We are also looking at models for a replacement competitive programme for Men and Women based on local clusters, with no obligation on clubs to participate and no consequences for deciding not to do so. Any local cluster competition would not be used to determine League positions for the 2021/22 season.

This would be an optional competition structure that may include a knock-out competition at the end of the 2020/21 season. The exact format and regulations governing any such competitions would be approved by the Governance Standing Committee.

For rugby clubs the relevant messages from last night’s Government announcement include the following:

Stay at home

This means from next Thursday 5 November you must not leave or be outside of your home except for specific purposes. These include:

To exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place – with the people you live with, with your support bubble or, when on your own, with one person from another household.

To reduce social contact, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close. These include:

Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, leisure centres and gyms, sports facilities including swimming pools, golf courses and driving ranges, dance studios, stables and riding centres, soft play facilities, climbing walls and climbing centres, archery and shooting ranges, water and theme parks.

Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, adult gaming centres and arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, concert halls, zoos and other animal attractions, botanical gardens;

Hospitality venues like restaurants, bars and pubs must close, but can still provide takeaway and delivery services. However, takeaway of alcohol will not be allowed.

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