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COMMUNITY RUGBY LEAGUE - CURRENT RULES & GUIDANCE

A SUMMARY OF WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT STEP FOUR OF THE GOVERNMENT’S ROADMAP OUT OF LOCKDOWN

As of Monday 19th July, England moved to step four of its roadmap in easing Covid restrictions. This now means that:

·      There are no restrictions on how many people can take part in sporting activity both indoors and outdoors

·      All sports facilities can open. There are no indoor capacity limits, however, venues may wish to put in place some restrictions and guidance for enclosed areas

·      Organised sporting events can take place with no restrictions on spectators

Clubs should continue to follow RFL guidance via the attachments below and the Government guidance on Covid-19 measures for grassroots sport available HERE.

REPORTING POSITIVE CASES

Clubs should continue to report any positive via the Covid-19 Incident Report Form available HERE. The RFL’s latest Test & Trace Protocol document can be found as an attachment at the bottom of this page.

Should a team have 3 or more positive cases within a 10-day period that team will be stood down for 10 days following the last team interaction with a known positive case. Any close contacts should follow the guidance on self-isolation below.

SELF-ISOLATION

Individuals should self-isolate straight away and look to complete a PCR test as soon as possible if they have any of the identified 3 main symptoms of Covid-19:

·      A high temperature

·      A new, continuous cough

·      A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

Individuals should also self-isolate if:

·      They have tested positive for Covid-19

·      Someone they live with has symptoms or tested positive (unless you are exempt as a contact)

·      They have been told to do so by NHS Test & Trace

Individuals now no longer need to self-isolate as a contact (assuming they have no symptoms) if:

·      They are fully vaccinated (meaning 14 days have passed since their final dose of the Covid-19 vaccine)

·      They are under 18 years 6 months old

·      They are taking part or have taken part in a Covid-19 vaccine trial

·      They are unable to get vaccinated for medical reasons

It is important to note that players must continue to self-assess prior to activity and if they are experiencing any symptoms and/or awaiting a test result, they must stay at home. 

Furthermore, it should be noted that local authorities and/or Government do have the power to insist on self-isolation based on prevalence in the Community at that time and their assessment of the factors involved in each case (as necessary).

CHANGING ROOMS & INDOOR FACILITIES

Changing rooms and indoor facilities can be used. Individuals should continue to follow good hygiene practices, to reduce the risk of transmission in sport environments. You should avoid sharing water bottles or other refreshment containers. Where possible, you should take your own drink, in a labelled or highly distinguishable container. You should avoid sharing equipment where possible and practical. If equipment needs to be shared, it should be cleaned between users, where possible. 

TEAM SHEETS

Team sheets are no longer required to be completed by each team individually.  Clubs must complete team sheets in accordance with the relevant Competition Rules.