USA Rugby outlines protocols for clubs on return to play

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – USA Rugby released guidelines on Tuesday for clubs to follow as they consider returning to play in the wake of relaxed United States (US) coronavirus pandemic stay-at-home regulations.

The Return To Play Guidelines, to be implemented starting on Monday, do not offer medical advice or regulations but direct guidance from sport and health officials.

Ideas include temperature checks with those over 37.5 degrees Celsius directed not to participate in group activities, avoiding car pools, showering at home, social distancing on celebrations and minimal training group sizes.

“Given the close contact nature of rugby, it is important to note that our sport lives beyond most when it comes to the threat of spreading respiratory diseases,” USA Rugby said.

“The collective rugby community must remain patient and considerate through this process. While we are all eager to return to rugby, the well-being of our friends, family and teammates must remain priority. It is on all of us to do our part to combat the spread of COVID-19.”

The USA Eagles remain scheduled to compete in the Americas Rugby Championship against Canada and four South American clubs starting August 15.