Clubs are reminded that the powers around local restrictions lie with local authorities. We are advised that unless local restrictions specifically mention restrictions on team sports and/or rugby clubs should follow the NGB guidelines.
Currently, all clubs in North lockdown areas can continue to operate at Stage C on the Return to Rugby Roadmap as the government website makes it clear that those sports that have action plans approved by government may continue to operate as per NGB guidelines. However, clubs in Leicester are currently restricted to groups of no more than 6 in socially distanced activity and hence must remain at Stage B.
All clubs may need to limit their activities in line with any local restrictions and are advised to consult with the local authority in which their facilities are located should they be in any doubt.
Luton local restrictions were lifted on 1 August, therefore National restrictions now apply.
Information regarding any new local lockdown restrictions will be posted on the government website below. We will provide an update to the game if there is any change in guidance to playing rugby union.