This message incorporates advice from the RFU medical director and Public Health England. Our constituent body Surrey RFU are liaising with clubs including GRFC and we will pass on updates as we receive them. We are working to follow best practice on how we should operate through this situation and will communicate more as the situation develops.
The government announced last 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
We would ask that all members and visitors to Broadwater not enter the venue if they fit the criteria outlined by Public Health England below:
If you have returned from the listed specific areas since February 19th, you should call NHS 111 and self-isolate at home even if you do not have symptoms:
• Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy as designated by the Government of Italy
• Special care zones in South Korea as designated by the Government of the Republic of South Korea
• Hubei province
If you have returned from the below listed areas since February 19th and developed symptoms, however mild, you should self-isolate at home immediately and call NHS 111. You do not need to self-isolate if you have no symptoms.
• Northern Italy (anywhere north of, Pisa, Florence and Rimini),
If you have returned from previously identified geographic areas within the past 14 days and developed symptoms, however mild, you should self-isolate at home immediately and call NHS 111.
If you believe you have been in contact with a positive tested patient for Coronavirus you should remain at home and call NHS 111.
Signs and symptoms:
The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:
• difficulty in breathing
Preventing spread of infection
Public Health England (PHE) recommends that the following general cold and flu precautions are taken to help prevent people from catching and spreading COVID-19:
• cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
• put used tissues in the bin straight away
• wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
• try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
• clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
• do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Specific advice for teams:
Team members are to be reminded of the importance of good personal hygiene especially hand washing with soap and hot water.
Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch any coughs or sneezes.
Avoid sharing towels, shirts and bibs. Where necessary remove any shared shirts, bibs and towels for laundering, this should be done on a hot wash 60°C.
The use of paper hand towels is recommended.
If players are worried about symptoms, they should call NHS 111 for advice.
Do not go in person to your club doctor, GP or other healthcare environment.
The position is evolving all the time and we will endeavour to keep you updated as anything changes.
Further information can be found here…