Sat 14 Mar 2020 07:59

Lincoln RFC would like to update club members as to the latest advice that has been issued by the RFU in relation to Coronavirus and the club response to it.

The RFU's advice is that clubs, and the general public, 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 when updates are available. 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public 

The following information may also be helpful for club members.  

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Senior Rugby is still taking place for this weekend alongside training and away matches for the Mini & Junior sections on Sunday. If this changes you will be notified by your Team Manager as soon as possible.

We will look to continually update our advice to all members as and when any new information is released or at a point in time that we believe the approach taken at Lincoln RFC should be modified. However, we cannot emphasise enough the responsibility we all have to keep ourselves fully informed of what the latest advice is from the Government and Public Health England through the above websites.

Lincoln RFC would also offer the following practical advice to anyone attending events, including training and matches at the club:

• Maintain good hand hygiene, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
• Always carry tissues with you, cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing and use them to catch your cough or sneeze
• Dispose of tissues in the nearest bin, and to kill the germs, wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel
• You should not attend the club or go out in public if you have a high temperature and cough, and you should self-isolate for 7 days

Additionally, in response to enquiries from clubs and players, the RFU have provided clarification on the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in organised competitions.

The Government yesterday announced that 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.

We 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.

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