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Union Statement: Covid-19 Update

Monday, March 16, 2020
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You will all be well aware of recent fast moving developments in relation to Covid-19, with Super Rugby and Global Rapid Rugby over the weekend being indefinably suspended due to the self-isolation requirements imposed yesterday on international travellers.

We have also received communication from NZ Rugby in regards to large gatherings and events. NZ Rugby continue to be guided by Ministry of Health (MoH) advice as it remains current. At this point in time there are no restrictions on mass gatherings. The government has said that it will provide more information on mass gatherings on Tuesday, 17th March and as soon as we have any further information we will be communicating any updates and decisions.

For the time being there is no restriction on mass gatherings or community activities, including Rugby games and we will continue to operate as usual for rugby activity in the Bay of Plenty region.

Please be sure to communicate to your members (players, volunteers and supporters) that they should not attend your practices, games, committee meetings or any upcoming Bay of Plenty Rugby development or education sessions if they feel unwell, or are concerned at the risk of attending.

Those who do attend should follow all the recommended protocols, eg. regular hand washing, no handshaking, hongi and where possible avoiding close physical contact. Also please make sure if you are running an event to have hand wash available for all participants and attendees.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Bay of Plenty Rugby Union CEO Mike Rogers: mike@boprugby.co.nz or 029 478 4292

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