Message from Pat Rae, Bay of Plenty Community Rugby Manager
8th June 2020
No doubt you’ve all seen by now the news coming out of Wellington by Jacinda Ardern that New Zealand moved into Level 1 at midnight last night. NZR have released the attached press release. BOPRU will be making social media announcements shortly.What does that mean for our local community rugby? In short, except for open borders, we are back to our new normal. Bubbles-gone. Social & physical distancing- gone, contact tracing-gone, gathering restrictions-gone.
1. We know that contact tracing is no longer compulsory, which means clubs and schools no longer have to keep a record of people that attend trainings, club rooms or venues for games from here on. Do not destroy any existing records. Keep them for the required 60 days, just in case.
2. The Govt has asked businesses to display the official NZ COVID tracer App QR code at their venues so that anyone that attends their venue can voluntarily keep a record of where they have been by scanning the QR code. IDME doesn’t provide this function so if clubs do wish to do this, (again, not compulsory) they will need to use the official covid tracer app.
3. The message “stay home if you’re sick” should still be promoted.
4. Regular hand washing should also still be encouraged.
5. Clubs and schools will no longer have to submit Covid-19 Safety Plans – Hosting Home Games.
On a personal note, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our hard working volunteers that worked tirelessly in the background to keep the rugby flame alive during the lockdown. It was a quite traumatic and turbulent time for all and without you, we would not be in this position we find ourselves today, gearing up for pre-season games and competition games to follow on closely behind. I am extremely proud of how you all conducted yourselves during this time. The way the committees kept their clubs going, the way coaches kept their players engaged, the way delegates worked together, for the greater good of rugby. I look forward to getting out and about and having a quiet drink with as many of you as I can over the course of the upcoming rugby season.