USA Rugby Statement & Guidance for COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
- Mar 06,2020
As it pertains to sanctioned competition within USA Rugby, the Medical Committee encourages athletes and administrators to continue with scheduled competition in all regions of the United States. If you are experiencing respiratory illness or fever however, we urge you stay home and not compete in matches or team activities. If you are experiencing such symptoms, the CDC suggests to call your doctor if you;
Develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or
Have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.
Avoid close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections;
Wash your hands frequently, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment;
People with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practice cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover
coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash their hands).
Preferably avoid handshakes when greeting players and opponents;
Use individual water bottles; do not share them;
- Towels, uniforms and training bibs should not be shared, if possible. Frequent laundry of these items is suggested;
- Training equipment should be cleaned following session.
If you are intending to travel internationally with a rugby tour, please coordinate with your host destination and work with them on the feasibility and risk prior to departing. We also advise you check with the CDC, World Health Organization and State Department on current travel advisories.