Dear Members and friends

In the light of the government’s latest advice about the Covid 19 pandemic I wish to update members of and visitors to our club about how this affects our operations as a rugby club. 

This advice, which is also supported by the RFU is to follow Public Health England’s guidance which is to stay at home for seven days if you have a new persistent cough or a temperature above 98.6oF, 37oC, even if you only have very mild symptoms.  More detailed advice can be found here.  We all need to play our part in reducing the risk of spreading the virus.

If you show any of the symptoms, please do not train, play or attend the club.  We need to be mindful that we have many senior club members and visitors who may be at an increased risk of contracting this virus.  One of our core values is respect and that includes our duty not to expose the more vulnerable to infection. 

For now, and until we are advised further, we will maintain our current fixtures and commitments.  If you do attend a match, please bear in mind the government’s advice about our own personal hygiene and social space.  You should wash your hands regularly with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face, cough or sneeze into a tissue and discard it immediately.  You should leave a two metre space with other individuals and avoid unnecessary physical contact.  That will be difficult as it is ingrained in the rugby family to shake hands when greeting folk.  

If any member goes into self-isolation and does not have a local support system, please email events@waterloorugby.com with your telephone number and we will try to help with getting any necessary supplies that you may need.  As this situation is likely to worsen until it improves, we will need to help and support each other.

At the same time, we are monitoring closely the situation in the Republic of Ireland and the potential effects on our planned Easter tour.  We will take advice from our friends at Dublin Wanderers and the UK government about the possibility of this tour going ahead.  Please be assured that we will keep you fully appraised of travel plans and developments as soon as they are known.

Finally, we must all recognise that this is a most dynamic situation and our advice is based on the situation as at Friday lunchtime on 13 March 2020.

Yours sincerely

Dominic Mackenzie

Chairman

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