Return to Rugby | Guidelines for Clubs and Schools

Return to Rugby | Guidelines for Clubs and Schools

Scottish Rugby will continue to provide Return to Rugby updates and guidelines for clubs and schools in Scotland. This area of the website will reflect updates and the latest guidelines when information released.

Return to Rugby Update - Wednesday 22 December

On Tuesday 21 December, the First Minister provided an update to the Scottish Parliament on COVID-19 and related restrictions. This reiterated the increasing challenge posed by the Omicron variant, the priority being placed on supporting the vaccine and booster programme, and the need for businesses to strengthen compliance with protection measures.

As part of the update the First Minister also confirmed enhanced measures will be put in place for up to three weeks from 26 December 2021 for ‘large scale events’ and ‘indoor contact sport for adults’, and the 27 December for all other areas including hospitality & leisure centres. The impact of these measures on rugby include:

  • Indoor Contact Rugby
    • All indoor (adult) contact sport and physical activity (including touch rugby) should not take place during this period.
    • All outdoor contact rugby training and games (all age groups) can continue if safe to do so.

  • Events & Spectators- Large scale spectator and participation events can go ahead if 1m physical distancing measures are put in place and attendances limited to:
  • Indoor Hospitality & Gyms
    • 1m physical distancing should be implemented in gym settings. For classes limit numbers to ensure physical distancing can be maintained throughout the activity and at control entry/exit points.
    • All indoor hospitality venues should reintroduce physical distancing (1m) between groups (maximum 3 households per group) as well as table service in settings where alcohol is served. Please refer to Coronavirus (COVID-19): tourism and hospitality sector - gov.scotfor further information.

The Scottish government’s latest advice has not changed in regard to outdoor activity.

Dealing with a positive COVID test at your club

We wish to remind clubs of the procedure to follow in response to a positive covid case.

It is of the utmost importance that all confirmed cases are immediately reported to Scottish Rugby at [email protected]so that a member of Rugby Development can help support the club, as well as to allow the Competitions team appropriately apply changes to fixtures scheduling.

Each covid scenario will require a slightly different response, and therefore it is important to liaise directly with the NHS health board and/or Test and Protect teams for guidance.

In addition to this specific guidance, Scottish Rugby would like to reiterate the key messages from the Scottish Government on protecting yourself and others this winter:

Return to Rugby Update - Wednesday 15 December

In line with the Scottish government statement on Tuesday 14 December advising people to limit socialising in the run up to Christmas, Scottish Rugby would ask clubs to continue to mitigate any risks posed to club members by following Scottish government advice, alongside our current indoor and outdoor guidance which can be found below.

The Scottish government’s latest advice has not changed in regard to outdoor activity, therefore rugby training and games across adult and youth rugby may continue.

It is important to note that indoor hospitality, changing rooms and showers are areas of increased risk of transmission and therefore clubs should continue to encourage participants where possible to:

- Arrive at the club changed for activity and to travel home to change/shower

- Maintain high standard and frequency of hygiene

- Wear a mask in relevant indoor and outdoor settings

- Record attendance at indoor venues and training activities

- Stay at home if they feel unwell, and take a Lateral Flow or PCR test accordingly

- Remain up to date with Scottish government guidance for any changes

Downloads and Resources

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