Scottish Rugby has today (Friday) published its Phase 1 Return to Rugby guidelines for clubs and schools.
While organised rugby activities are not permitted, players are being encouraged to remain active with people from their own, or one other, household.
The guidance also states that all rugby club facilities must remain closed, including club houses, toilets, changing rooms, gyms, pitches and retail outlets.
The guidance states: “Scottish Rugby is working with the Scottish Government to ensure the domestic game can begin a phased return in line with its lockdown restrictions easing and aiming to help clubs through this process,” and that further information on future phases on the road-map to a return to rugby will be issued “when appropriate.”
It continues: “The close contact nature of rugby means that there are unique challenges when it comes to the threat of spreading COVID-19.
“We ask everyone involved in our game to be patient and empathetic throughout this process, which may require extra caution to be taken to ensure we don’t risk spreading the virus further.
“This added caution may manifest itself by the community game not moving between phases (e.g. Phase 1 to 2) at the same pace as in other sports.
‘Working together to build confidence’
“While we are all eager to return to rugby, the welfare of our friends, family, teammates, communities, and protecting the NHS, must remain a priority.
“We firmly believe that rugby will provide a vehicle for safe exercise and social connection once the Government’s phased roadmap is implemented.
“However, we know that public perception about rugby’s ‘readiness’ to return will be critical, and we, as a rugby community, will need to work together to build confidence and reassure people that rugby is ready.”
To see the guidance in full, click here
More Information on the Scottish Government’s approach to managing COVID-19 is available here.
Image caption: Scottish Rugby has today (Friday) published its phase one guidance around the game’s return. Image credit: Fotosport/David Gibson