Returning to rugby is optional. Each individual is responsible for determining if attending in-person rugby activities is safe for them and their household. Individuals should also consider risk to their workplace, especially those working in the health care field or as essential workers. Factors may change over time and you should regularly re-assess your risk and the risk to your household and workplace.
When making the decision to return, consider the following aspects of COVID-19:
- Research indicates that children and adolescents are just as likely to become infected as any other age group and can spread the disease (Source: WHO)
- COVID-19 causes a respiratory-type infection that is mild in most of the population (approximately 80%) but can be more severe in those who are older adults or those with chronic underlying conditions
- The known underlying health conditions that put one at greater risk for COVID-19 include diabetes, hypertension, asthma, chronic lung disease, severe heart conditions, chronic kidney disease, obesity, or a weakened immune system
- Individuals with disabilities interacting with multiple care providers/supports and friends have an increased risk of contracting COVID-19 due to increased exposure
It is highly recommended that all coaches & officials returning to rugby complete the World Rugby COVID-19 Return to Play Awareness for Coaches & Players Course.
World Rugby COVID-19 Courses
Coaches & officials must also adhere to Rugby Canada's PlaySmart Guidelines including:
Additional resources and updates can be found on the Sask Rugby COVID-19 Resources page under Return to Play. For information on education clinics see the resources at the bottom of this page.
Prior to your FIRST session, complete a pre-integration assessment using an online self-assessment tool as instructed by your Club. This will ask you some questions about your current health including possible COVID-19 symptoms, this will familiarize you with the attestations you will complete prior to each session and ensure you are healthy and able to participate in rugby.
If you receive any results indicating you should NOT return, follow all professional medical advice until you are cleared.
Below are some Sask Rugby recommended options.
Health Canada Self-Assessment
EHealth Sask Self-Assessment