New Covid-19 restrictions come into force nationwide from Thursday 5 November. This means that all Community Game activity will be suspended until at least Wednesday 2 December.
For the avoidance of doubt at Telford Raiders this includes:
• Adult Open age
• Youth, Primary and Diddy
• Touch RL
If the lockdown is lifted on 2 December, existing social RL activities that have been formally notified to the RFL will then be reviewed to allow planning for a safe and Covid-19 secure resumption.
Assuming we also then revert back to the government’s tiered alert levels (1, 2 or 3 depending on geography), the RFL’s Action Plan states that no training or match activity should take place during December.
The aim is to ensure that Community Rugby League activity recommences in January 2021, with the return of formal competitions scheduled for April as we build up to the Rugby League World Cup.
The RFL would like to thank everyone across the community game – volunteers, club and league administrators, players, coaches, match officials, foundations, parents and carers – for their considerable efforts during recent months. Although the time has been short, the effort has been worth it for those moments of joy returning to players’ faces.
However, it is vital to note, we have only got this far due to this outstanding commitment and compliance of clubs following the government approved guidelines. It is now as important as ever to make sure we adhere and follow the new government guidelines. So once better days return, we can start again in earnest to make 2021 a significant year.
The RFL remains in dialogue with the DCMS and will provide further clarification for ‘non-elite’ rugby league in England following the debate in the House of Commons tomorrow in due course.