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Welcome back to the club – COVID-19 Guidelines - UPDATED

Updated: Jun 8, 2020

Updated: 8 June 2020

The Government has announced that New Zealand can safely move out of Alert Level 2 at 11:59pm on Monday 8 June.

At Alert Level 1, everyone can return without restriction to the club, and you can get together with as many people as you want. We will also be re-opening for private bookings and fitness classes e.g. Roger Betham Box Fit / Hit.

As we unite to recover from the effects of COVID-19, it's still important that we keep the basic hygiene measures, including washing your hands and coughing or sneezing into your elbow. 

We should all continue to keep track of where we’ve been and who we’ve seen to assist with rapid contact tracing if it is required.

Please contact us at for any queries or booking functions / activities.

Subject to review and update. Last updated: 26 May 2020.

It was outstanding to hear the Government announce from 12pm Friday 29 May that gathering sizes will increase to 100 which will allow the club to operate in a much more open and flexible state. At the same time, alert level 2 still requires us to ‘PLAY IT SAFE’ and we will continue to adhere to not only Ministry of Health Guidelines but also those set out by NZ Rugby.

We have been working with the WRFU over the past few days on various steps to ensure we safely return to running our rugby club. Some great work has gone in by several people to show the Union we are ready to get back into things officially. The Union signed off on our ‘official’ return to the clubrooms, changing rooms and training today which is terrific news!

So, what does this all look like for the club:

1. Return to Training

So many around the club will be chomping at the bit to officially get back into training. IT IS HERE.

It is important that NZR Guidelines are followed closely in getting back into it:

· We can officially train as of Tuesday 26 May

· Training bubbles until Friday 29 May need to remain at 10 and be managed accordingly by managers and coaches. Designated areas need to be clearly set out to accommodate multiple training bubbles of 10

· Richard ‘Hendo’ Henderson (Director of Rugby) and Perry ‘The Machine’ Barber (Club Captain) are ultimately responsible for our return to training

· Our managers will act as a 2nd line. Our coaches as a 3rd line. The Rugby Committee will be supporting this also

· If anyone is unwell, they should not be attending training

· Any spectators at training need to remain at safe distances

· All those attending training must contact trace through a manual register (pen and paper) or through iDMe – code WJHAR. Managers are to ensure we have full compliance of this

· Players are to have a personal responsibility for following these protocols, their health and hygiene. Avoid spitting and bring your own drink bottles

· Coaches and managers are to ensure gear is cleaned before and after training. Where possible during training, balls will be sanitised

· Players should come dressed ready to train and leave training as soon as possible afterwards

· We cannot allow or promote any gatherings pre and post training's e.g. For meals at this time

· Social distancing continues where possible.

Procedures for pre-season matches and competition matches will be out in due course. More information is to follow on what a pre-season and season looks like; however, NZ Rugby currently outlines a season could start as early as 20 June. We are expecting a Premier draw to be finalised by Friday 5 June.

2. Clubrooms

The following guidelines must be adhered to when entering the clubrooms. Note the clubrooms will be open over the coming few weeks and will be communicated via Facebook in the first instance;

· Mike ‘Sege’ Segetin (Head of Bar & Facilities) is ultimately responsible for our return to the clubrooms

· Enter the clubrooms via the main downstairs door

· As you come up you will need to sign in through a manual sign in register or via iDMe of which guidance will be on hand. Our Helston Park code is WJHAR

· WCC also have a QR sign up for Helston Park, just outside the back door

· Hand sanitiser will be available in various locations as well as upon entering

· Tables are set up to accommodate no more than 100 people and we will continue to try and ensure tables have no more than 10 at each

· Despite gathering sizes increasing from Friday 29 May, there is still the requirement of being seated, separated, and being 'single served'

· Social distancing rules continue to apply so please respect this

· To order, you can order drinks from the bar and then be seated, and your drinks will be brought over to you

· Again, if you are unwell, please do not come to the club

· Tables will be regularly cleaned and wiped down.

In addition, the Committee will be reviewing the social calendar over the coming weeks leading into the season and we will share with you any updates. We need an Old Timer’s Day at some point don’t we!?

Bar opening times: Saturday 30 May - open from 4pm. (more to follow)

3. Green Room

Until we move to alert level 1, the Green Room will remain under lock and key and be available for specific training needs only. Please do not attempt to frequent the gym during level 2. We will continue to monitor this and provide any updates as required.

For any queries on the above, please contact or

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