Return To Community Rugby w/c Monday 26 April 2021

As we move to Stage D2 on the rugby roadmap I thought it would be useful if I summarised some of the key points and questions that I’m now being asked, together with, a formal update to the club rules! 

Rugby Activity
From Monday 26 April we return to Stage D2 on the rugby roadmap, which includes contact fixtures with adapted laws. Please familiarise yourselves with the guidance. Fixtures are optional and you should look to discuss with coaches and players before asking to arrange fixtures as players will be returning in different stages of readiness and putting players in fixtures too quickly and too frequently could lead to a higher risk of injury.

As part of Step 2 of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown we can offer outdoor hospitality services in line with government guidance on hospitality settings and specific advice for sport facility operators available on the government’s website. This means that we are open to serve customers in groups of six or two households. However, customers will be required to order, be served and eat/drink while seated (even if no alcohol is ordered).

  1. It is not permitted to consume a tea/coffee/alcohol purchased at the bar and consume at the side of the pitch.
  2. You are not allowed to bring your own alcohol to consume at the club.

Please respect and self-regulate both of these rules!

We are planning to deliver a player(s) area so that we can offer some post-match hospitality. However, it should be noted that regardless of the playing laws when players do enter this area the hospitality rules apply and you will have to remain in groups of six and no mixing!

Changing Rooms
Changing rooms and shower facilities can be opened, but we are encouraged to avoid or minimise use where possible (for example, by arriving in kit and showering at home) and to minimise the time spent in the changing area.
Participants should socially distance whilst in the changing rooms. More than one household can use changing facilities at one time but they must not mix and must adhere to capacity limits.
As we work through the guidance, complete our risk assessment and segregate the changing areas they remain closed. When open, the changing  rooms will be restricted for the use of showering only and will be restricted to a maximum of six at any one time. Kit should not be left in the changing rooms as they will not be secure!

Pitch Reparation and Pitch Allocation
We have now started out pitch reparation Spring/Summer maintenance and feeding programme so it will be necessary to close-off certain pitches as we move along. Pitch 1 is currently out of bounds!

Please note updated training Pitch allocation as part of our COVID-19 HRUFC – Return To Rugby Phase D2
Note adjustments may be required if we host a match on a Sunday, those affected will be advised with a minimum of 1 weeks’ notice!

Once again thanks again for all your understanding and patience as we continue to navigate our way around the rules and guidance!

“Be safe, be smart, be kind!”

Paul Tucker
Harlow RUFC | Chair of Rugby
Latton Park | Howard Way | Harlow | Essex CM20 3FD
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