Scottish Rugby issue updated Return to Rugby Guidance

Primary school kids can play touch rugby but no contact permitted for any older age-groups (including adults)

Pre-Covid action from the East Kilbride Mini's Rugby Festival. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Pre-Covid action from the East Kilbride Mini's Rugby Festival. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

SCOTTISH RUGBY has issued an update to its Return to Rugby Guidance for those living under enhanced Level 4 restrictions (i.e. lockdown). This is in response to the Scottish Government’s announcement on Tuesday on the gradual easing of Covid restrictions.

The new guidelines are as follows:

Outdoor Activity

Mini (ages 11 & under)

  • All formats of touch rugby are permitted.
  • Up to 30 people, including coaches, per 1/2 pitch.
  • Balls may be used and shared as long as strict hand hygiene and ball cleaning is followed.
  • Max 1 parent/guardian can stay to observe their child train – they must maintain physical
    distancing at all times.

Youth & Adult (ages 12 & over)

  • Physically distanced non-contact rugby can resume.
  • Non-contact rugby does not include touch or any form of modified contact rugby.
  • Players and coaches must not encroach within 2m of each other.
  • Up to 15 people, including coaches, per 1/2 pitch.
  • Balls may be used and shared as long as strict hand hygiene and ball cleaning is followed.
  • Max 1 parent/guardian can stay to observe their child train – they must maintain physical
    distancing at all times.

Travel Restrictions

  • Players aged 17 & under can travel out of or into another Level 4 area for rugby activity.
  • Coaches can also travel into and out of Level 4 for paid and voluntary roles.
  • Players aged 18 & above must remain within their local authority area.

Level 3 areas (some Island communities)

  • May continue to operate under Scottish Rugby Return to Rugby Level 3 guidance.
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Today’s club communication stressed that:

It is the responsibility of the club Covid-19 Safety Coordinator to ensure that full risk assessments, processes and mitigating actions are in place before any rugby activity takes place. There should be an overall focus on minimal numbers to allow activity to take place and reduce risk.

Particular attention should be paid to staggered training sessions to avoid congestion, as well as ensuring parents/guardians do not gather.

It should also be noted that the dates set-out by UK Government on 22nd February do not apply to Scotland.

To minimise the risk of spreading the virus, please follow the FACTS guidance and stay at home as much as possible.

To find out which restriction level you are in, click HERE.

To view Scottish Rugby’s updated Level 4 Return to Rugby documents, click HERE.

To watch Scottish Rugby’s latest webinar detailing the new updates, click HERE

 

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