The RFU has issued further guidance regarding the Return to Rugby. This is repeated below however the key messages are:-
- All community rugby activity (adult and junior/Age Grade) is suspended until the 2nd of December at the earliest and we are back to where we were in March at Stage A on the Return to Rugby Roadmap.
- RFU will issue proposals for a voluntary competition based on local clusters next Friday the 13th of November.
RFU Statement 4 November 2020.
Parliament has today voted in favour of the Government’s national lockdown proposals aimed at curbing the increase in Covid-19 cases in England, which take effect from tomorrow (Thursday 5 November) until Wednesday 2 December. In addition, the Government has announced the cessation of all community team sports during this period, which applies to Age Grade and Adult rugby activities below Championship and Premier 15s.
With effect from tomorrow, we return to Stage A on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap. This means that no competitive or formal rugby activities can be undertaken until at least Wednesday 2 December. While group training sessions are banned, a maximum of two players can participate in socially distanced (two metres plus), individual training sessions outside without sharing equipment.
We will now review what the implications of this national lockdown plan mean for clubhouses, schools, colleges, universities, etc., and will provide more detailed information in the Covid-19 Community Game Update tomorrow.
In addition, we would like to advise that the RFU Competitions Team is working with the Competitions Organising Committees for Men and Women to finalise alternative competitions models in place of the cancelled 2020/21 league programme. These will be entirely optional for clubs and will have no impact on promotion/relegation. They will focus on local cluster leagues and offer a framework for clubs to Return to Play (in some format once we have government approval to do so). It is intended to circulate these proposals, inviting clubs to participate, on Friday 13 November.
The Club is disappointed that it is necessary to return to Stage A but remains committed to working to avoid further infection & asks everyone to continue to maintain personal hygiene & social distancing.
Thank you and stay safe and well..