- Regularly reference your local legislature and advice of medical officials as it pertains to the risk of COVID19.
- Recognize the symptoms of COVID-19 and educate your club members of these details.
- Utilize World Rugby COVID-19 Education Modules.
2. Daily screening
- Complete a COVID-19 symptom check before leaving home. This will require you to identify if you have had a high temperature or fever overnight or if you have developed the recognized symptoms.
- Have your temperature checked prior to participating in rugby activities. If your temperature is above 99.6, do not participate in any rugby or group activities.
3. Practice extensive hygiene protocol
- More frequent hand washing, regular disinfection of heavily used areas and surfaces and the use of gloves can reduce the risk of infection. In some situations, such as in the gym or during meetings, the use of face masks should be considered.
- At home you should also either sanitize or wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap (or use a hand sanitizer) when going to and from your home.
- Avoid touching high-contact surfaces such as door handles, public computer keyboards etc.
- Use hand sanitizers which should be available on entry and in all rooms at your facility or gathering area.
- Avoid spitting
- Use your elbow or a tissue (always dispose of used tissues) when coughing or sneezing
- Do not share water bottles or use team water bottles
- Do not use communal nutritional supplements
4. Observe social distance rules
- A distance of at least 6 feet between the people present helps to significantly reduce the probability of virus transmission. Due to the movement involved in sports, the distance should be kept at as generous a distance as possible.
- Office, gym and medical room facilities should be arranged to facilitate at least 6 feet of separation between individuals. Where possible, any communal areas should be outdoors or well ventilated.
5. Reduce body contact to a minimum
- Shaking hands, high-fives, embracing and cheering or mourning in a group is to be completely avoided. Until COVID-19 measures are reduced, physical contact (including competitive games) must be avoided, so initially only individual training can take place.
6. Change and shower at home
- The use of locker rooms and showers in training facilities and clubs should be suspended until further notice from your local health officials.
7. Temporary suspension of car pooling
- While social distancing measures are in place, the formation of carpools for training and competitions should be avoided – unless travelling with an existing housemate. The use of minivans is equally unsuitable. Your Club will apply specific policies for travelling to matches based on local legislature when rugby activities are permitted to resume.
8. Refrain from events such as general meetings and celebrations
- In order to comply with the distance rules, no social events should be held.
- While social distancing remains, team meetings should be held virtually to the best of your ability.
- Other options include digital/online meeting resources
9. Reduce the size of training groups
- While social distancing and public gathering restrictions are in place, teams will need to train in small groups which are aligned to local government measures in place at that time (example being groups of <5, <10). When small groups train, sessions should be staggered with no overlapping between groups. Smaller groups limit infection risk, and should an infection occur, the number of people who need to potentially quarantine is limited.
10. Where possible, outdoor activities are more safe
- Sports and exercise in the fresh air make it easier to keep to distance rules and reduce the risk of infection through the permanent exchange of air.