The government issued further guidance regarding a phased return to sport and recreation on Sunday 31 May – click here to read. This includes more detailed information regarding the use of equipment, including balls, and the training of multiple groups. Accordingly, we have updated our guidelines.
Equipment sharing, including balls, is permitted, although should be kept to a minimum and strong hand hygiene practice must be in place at all times.
Two or more groups of six may train provided they are kept separate. RFU guidance is that there should be no more than four groups per full pitch and social distancing and strict hygiene measures must be observed.
Parents/carers observing a training session at a distant from a safeguarding perspective is permitted without them being part of the participating group.
While multiple small groups can engage in training at the same site, clubs must risk assess this properly and ensure that safe and adequate distancing between groups is strictly observed.
People should avoid mixing with too many others from outside their household in a short space of time and care should be taken at all times as there is a continued risk of infection
As physical contact with anyone outside the same household is currently not permitted, the playing of any games remains suspended.
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There is no change to the guidance regarding club facilities. Each club should make individual decisions about when their outdoor facilities are ready to open and can be operated safely. Until a club believes it is safe and responsible to reopen, it should remain closed. Indoor facilities such as clubhouses should be kept closed, apart from toilets and throughways. Facilities that are open must follow relevant government guidance. Click here to access a guide which has been prepared in respect of reopening a facility