*ISSUED BY THE RFL on 8/7/21*
We are receiving several emails and phone calls seeking clarification on the Community Game Test and Trace Protocols.
To assist Club Covid Officers we have summarised the guidelines and explained what we do once notified of a positive case.
The Community Game Test & Trace Protocol can be found here - Community Game Test and Trace Protocol - March Update.pdf (rugby-league.com)
· It is essential that prior to any training session or match players involved complete the screening register which can be found HERE (PDF) or HERE (EXCEL). If a player answers yes to any of the screening questions they should not partake in any activity
· All records must be kept for 21 days in a way that is manageable for their Club. All Clubs shall assist NHS Test and Trace with requests for that data if requested
· All positive tests should be reported by the Club Covid Officer via the Covid-19 Incident Reporting Form available HERE
· Any individual that tests positive should isolate in line with government guidance, currently 10 days
· If there is a positive test for a player there is no automatic need for other players who took part in activity (training or matches) to self-isolate provided that the activity was delivered in accordance with our Action Plan and Guidelines.
· Should there be Multiple Cases within a team the RFL will stand that team down from activity for a period of 10 days. Multiple Cases is defined as three or more players from different households within a 10-day period. The rationale for this is to prevent potential spread of the virus to other participants within the affected team. If a team does not have multiple cases they may still continue to train and play.
· When Multiple Cases arise the RFL will contact any previous opposition to make them aware of the situation, albeit they will not need to stand down unless they experience 3 or more positive cases themselves. Any future opposition who fall within the 10 day window will also be contacted. Such fixtures will be postponed, and the relevant League/Competition Administrator will liaise with both Clubs to agree alternative arrangements
· Any reported positive cases are logged on our central database where we can monitor outbreaks within any community club
· A member of staff will be in contact with the Club Covid Officer, should this be required, to gain additional information. It is important that as much information as possible is included in the Covid-19 Incident Reporting Form
· This information is also shared with our Covid Working Group who meet fortnightly and are in constant discussions with PHE
· We have a dedicated C19 email address which is primarily there to deal with any reported Covid-19 cases - C19@rfl.co.uk
· If Clubs are having to call games off as they have three or more players who have tested positive, or players are isolating you must contact the relevant LEAGUE CHAIR or SECRETARY, and WELFARE OFFICER immediately.
· Can we please remind everyone that if players are told to isolate whether that be through a school bubble or via NHS Test & Trace then they have to isolate. They are not exempt to play sport. PCR/LF Covid tests are not referenced in the Community Game guidelines, so even if an individual takes a test and receives a negative result this does not mean they are able to take part in RL activity.
If anyone has any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
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