MRU Coronavirus Update

MRU Coronavirus Update

Following on from yesterday’s communication to clubs around Covid-19 (Coronavirus), the Government announced late yesterday afternoon to limit gatherings of more than 500 people. With that, Manawatu Rugby would like to advise the following: 

  1. We are continuing to work on this issue and no decision has yet been made to postpone or cancel club rugby in the Manawatu.
  2. The announcement from Government around crowd sizes and other measures including “social distancing”.
  3. Government has advised that more specific advice will be provided as the week progresses.  We are following up and seeking further clarification to mitigate any risk in and around our communities, particularly at events.
  4. We will continue to work closely with NZR ensuring that player and spectator safety is our first priority.  We have a duty of care to our participants and that is at the forefront of our thoughts.
  5. Clubs can expect further updates as we are updated of more information.

 These are unprecedented and rapidly changing times, but we recommend that all clubs continue to prepare for club rugby to be played this weekend.  We will notify our Rugby community of any changes to that view as soon as possible.

 Further to our note yesterday, our clubs need to show and take all precautionary steps to protect our Rugby public by following the below guidelines:

  • Staying away from training if you are experiencing flu like symptoms
  • Regularly washing hands with soap (recommended) or an antibacterial wash
  • Covering coughs and sneezes
  • Bringing and using personal drink bottles (not sharing)
  • Limiting spitting
  • Cleaning surfaces regularly (e.g. hit shields, balls etc).

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) has a become a health issue that is far larger than the game of Rugby to our communities, and this situation is evolving rapidly.  We will provide another update on this situation as it comes to hand.  In the meantime, should you have any questions please contact either Nick Cooper or Martin Brady.