As you will no doubt have seen in the media over the past few days or heard from your own place of work or study, action plans are starting to come into effect to deal with the outbreak of Coronavirus across the UK. This trend is expected to intensify over the next few days.
All the indications are that the impact of the virus is very likely to increase soon as we move from the “contain” phase of response to “delay”.
Although we continue to encourage new and current players to attend our sessions, the health and wellbeing of the team is of our utmost concern and so the committee wanted to share with you the current Government-issued guidelines that all sports clubs and gyms should be following in the bid to contain the possible spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19).
We recognise that the team is made up of young and fit players, and the impact on most within the team is unlikely to be very severe. However, some of us work or are in contact with young children or see elderly relatives on regular basis, who are far more at risk to the most extreme effects of the Coronavirus. We are therefore extremely motivated to do everything we possibly can to look after the team as well as their families and loved ones.
There is presently no rationale to close or cancel sporting activities or events, but this may change as the situation evolves. We would remind you that anyone with flu-symptoms should avoid the risk of spreading their infection, whatever that infection may be, by staying at home and recovering.
Although hard to maintain when we play a contact sport and share a rugby ball, current advice for the sports sector, in an action plan laid out by the Government includes:
• For those who offer community and leisure services, such as running a local football team; or running a gym; hand hygiene should be strongly promoted and encouraged, and equipment and facilities should be thoroughly cleaned and wiped down as usual following use
• For those hosting sporting events, whatever their size, attendees and participants should stay up to date on the government’s latest advice on how to avoid catching or spreading the virus, which is here.
• Greet team mates, friends etc with a fist bump or a wave not a handshake, kiss or hug
And the basic advice for all members of the public:
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
• Put used tissues in the bin straight away.
• Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available. See hand washing guidance.
• Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
• Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
If you have any concerns about any of the above or playing at this time, please speak to Grant, Adam or Brandon