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Coronavirus has been one of the biggest challenges rugby clubs have ever had to face.  We're committed to being as supportive as we can to ensure our rugby communities are in the best health possible as we navigate through the pandemic.

BREAKING NEWS: Update on Community Game fixtures scheduled for 17/18/19 December

As Christmas approaches, and concerns continue to grow around the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, the RFU has introduced flexibility around this weekend’s Community Game fixtures to give clubs and players options.

Current Guidance

The RFU has developed a range of resources and information to help clubs affected by Coronavirus including risk assessments, how to open your facility safely and on-field guidance.

The frequently asked questions (FAQs) below relate to changes that took place as part of the government's Plan B of coronavirus restrictions, that came into force on Friday 10 December in response to the risks of the Omicron variant.

In summary this means that:

  • There are no set restrictions on how many people can take part in sport and physical activity, indoors and outdoors
  • All sports facilities can open, including ancillary facilities. There are no indoor capacity limits, however, venues may put in place some restrictions and guidance for enclosed areas
  • Organised sport participation events such as rugby festivals can take place outdoors with no capacity caps for participants or spectators
  • Spectator attendance at large events may be subject to providing evidence of full vaccination or having tested negative in the last 48 hours (unless exempt from these requirements). Those participating in mass participation events are exempt from the NHS COVID Pass requirements  
  • It is now compulsory to wear masks in indoor venues. However, face coverings are not required in the premises or the part of a premises where the main activity is exercising (for example, gym floor, exercise room, hall being used for fitness classes, etc) or where food and beverages are being consumed.

There are no changes to participation and Adult and Age Grade rugby is permitted with no set restrictions on how many people can take part both indoors and outdoors.

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