The government have announced they are moving to the next phase of their plans to ‘delay’ the spread of COVID-19. Currently there is no change to advice on public gatherings in England albeit that some very large events are being cancelled or postponed. Events may get cancelled for logistical reasons, e.g. it is not possible to run them due to a large number of people self-isolating.

The government have stated they anticipate their advice will change in the coming weeks as the disease spreads.

Old Ruts Rugby are following the advice from Public Health England that can be found here.

The key points are:

  1. If you have either a high temperature (greater than 37.8C) or a new continuous cough you should stay at home for 7 days
  2. You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you are staying at home

In addition to the advice below the Club asks that players:

  1. Avoid shaking hands at the end of matches – ‘foot shakes’ or ‘elbows’ are acceptable
  2. Avoid sharing water bottles and towels, shirts and bibs that have been worn or used by another player during a match

England Rugby have also released some advice for Clubs that can be found here.

If you have any questions we recommend you consult reputable news media outlets for further information:

Sky News

BBC News

If you are feeling unwell please visit In an emergency dial 999.