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By Helen Rayfield
12 March
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Club statement on coronavirus

Our priority is the welfare of those involved in the Club. While we will do everything we can to operate as normal, we are closely monitoring Government, Public Health, and RFU advice on the coronavirus situation in the UK, and the actions of other clubs.

Currently we believe that there is no reason to cancel training or matches. For matches, please stay in touch with other clubs to ensure that they are taking the same approach. Of course, we respect anyone's decision not to carry on attending training or matches at this time.

It is however important that people who are not feeling well or have recently travelled to any high risk areas stay away from matches and training.

The NHS guidelines on how to avoid catching or spreading the virus are:

• wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
• always wash your hands when you get home or into work
• use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
• cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
• put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
• try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

The NHS guidelines on what to do if you think you might have coronavirus or have been in close contact with someone who has it:
• stay at home and avoid close contact with other people
• do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
• use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next

The 111 coronavirus service will tell you if you need to continue to stay at home (self-isolate) or if you need medical help.
For professional advice on the key issues in relation to coronavirus please see the following sites:

NHS Advice: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Government information: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

RFU guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance

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