Rugby across NSW has already taken a number of steps to mitigate the risk of community transmission of COVID-19. These are in line with Public Health Orders, NSW Health and Office of Sport recommendations plus our own additional measures and that of Rugby Australia.
Based on the NSW Government’s announcement today, that there has been an increase in the number of community transmitted COVID cases and their decision to lockdown four Local Government Areas - Waverley, Randwick, Woollahra and Sydney - NSWRU is advising all affiliates and their respective clubs and teams to not proceed with any scheduled games in the Sydney Metropolitan region up to and including Midnight Friday 2 July.
As this is a rapidly developing situation it is not clear how this will affect club trainings or future weeks matches. We will circulate further advice as this comes to hand.
Please note that competitions outside of the Sydney Metropolitan area may continue as planned abiding by the current Public Health Orders and your own club’s COVID safe plans.
For those games that proceed outside of the Sydney Metropolitan area please ensure that -
• If any of your players, officials or spectators live or work in one of the four nominated LGAs they must not attend.
• Limit any unnecessary or non-essential Rugby gatherings (non-competition) particularly in Central Coast/ Illawarra
• Limit post-match functions and spectators particularly in Central Coast/ Illawarra
• Limit change room usage where possible particularly in Central Coast/ Illawarra
• Social distancing
o Where queues form please ensure people are socially distanced
• QR Codes and check in-out of our rugby venues, where appropriate
• Hand sanitise regularly
• When you are in the Greater Sydney Area or if you have been in the Greater Sydney Area within 14 days you must wear a face mask
We commit to continue working with the Department of Health, the Office of Sport and our Affiliates to provide a safe and positive environment for all participants. We thank you for your support.
Please encourage everyone to keep monitoring the NSW Heath website
Chief Executive Officer