Thank you for your cooperation over the last few days particularly with the implementation of the Sydney Metropolitan wide lock down and the subsequent game postponements/cancellations as well as the additional restrictions on games and gatherings in regional NSW last weekend.
NSWRU have subsequently met with the Office of Sport and NSW Health following the release of the new Public Health Orders which effects Community Sport. Please be advised that the following areas are impacted differently:
Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shell Harbour
• No Rugby Union can take place whether training or matches (until at least Friday 9 July 2021).
• For clarity this means no club or organised training and no gym sessions.
• Whilst under the Public Health Orders exercising in groups of up to 10 is permitted, clubs should NOT be conducting training sessions under the guise of exercise.
• NSWRU will not be sanctioning or approving any third-party holidays camps.
Areas of NSW outside of those listed above
• Rugby Union can continue (both training and matches).
• Individuals that have been in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour, for any reason since Monday 21 June, must follow the stay at home rules and must continue to follow them for 14 days after they were last in Greater Sydney. This may mean that some players and officials will be unable to attend training or play matches. If this restriction means that your club cannot safely continue to play matches please contact your Competition Administrator or Zone ASAP.
• Clubs must have and abide by their COVID Safety Plans at training and matches. Subject to these plans, BBQs and Canteens are permitted.
• Please use QR Codes at grounds and encourage and remind people to register during your event.
• Masks must be worn by spectators, officials and players (over the age of 12) at all times to training and matches unless they are warming up or playing in the game.
• Whilst there is no limit, where possible, it is recommended to minimize spectators.
• All venues are limited to 1 person per 4sqm both indoors and outdoors at all times. This includes clubhouses and changerooms.
A complete list of FAQs and additional information to navigate these current restrictions are located at the Office of Sport website
There is likely to be some type of gradual easing of restrictions and a return to community sport post 9 July. We will communicate how this impacts rugby in due course.
We commit to continue working with the NSW Health, the Office of Sport and our Affiliates to provide a safe and positive environment for all participants. We thank you for your continued support.
Please encourage everyone to keep monitoring the NSW Heath website for updates.
Chief Executive Officer