Rugby League is slowly but surely returning to normality, but the pandemic continues to affect the community game at all levels. We should be concerned about the threat of Covid-19 within our communities, and in particular the risk of an outbreak within our teams and clubs.
We aim to see a return to normal activity, across the whole game, as soon as possible.
There is a government-approved action plan for a gradual return to full contact, competitive rugby league at all levels. The plan has several phases, and progression through the phases depends on the successful completion of each phase. The action plan is, at all times, subject to the law, national and local government guidance, and the advice of the RFL’s Clinical Advisory Group.
Before the announcement of a second national lockdown, we arrived at stage 4 of the plan - this is now on hold until the New Year.
There will be no return to a structured league competition until April 2021 at the earliest with matches scheduled to resume late January 2021.