Update (3:00pm): The Truro Rugby Club has now advised that they are cancelling the 7s tournament this weekend.
This post will continue to be updated should any additional information need to be communicated.
Statement re: COVID19 March 13, 2020
Rugby Nova Scotia would like to provide the following update on the impact of the COVID-19 virus on rugby activities.
The memorandum below was issued from Sport Nova Scotia to all Provincial Sport Organizations, today Friday March 13th.
At this time Rugby Canada has not issued a directive to stop all rugby activities, nor have they removed sanctioning from events.
Rugby Nova Scotia will be following the advice given by the CMO and has canceled its outgoing tours to Ireland, that were scheduled to depart Wednesday March 18th.
We encourage all of our member clubs and individuals to review the information below and insure you are taking all appropriate measures to limit the spread of the virus.
We have been in contact with the Truro Rugby Club, who are set to host a 7-a-side event that starts today.
As the event currently has Rugby Canada sanctioning, and there has not been a directive from the CMO to stop all activities, they have decided to continue with the event, while following the guidelines set forth in the Memorandum.
The statement from the Truro Rugby Club can be found below following the memo.
To: Provincial Sport Organizations
From: Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Medical Officer of Health
Date: March 13th, 2020
Re: novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID19)
c: Jamie Ferguson, CEO, Sport Nova Scotia
I am writing again to provincial sport organizations with an update on the situation with the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and the illness it causes COVID19.
COVID19 has now spread around the globe and is rapidly increasing in the USA and Canada. While there have been no cases of COVID19 in Nova Scotia to date, it is almost certain that we will get cases and community spread in the near future.
There is no vaccine or specific treatment for this virus therefore as we prepare for local spread, we need to focus on
i) protective measures such as handwashing
ii) steps to minimize the close contact between people (social distancing).
There is up-to-date information of personal protective measures, handwashing posters and a number of fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/
Steps that sports teams and organizations should be considering at this time to support social distancing include:
a) no handshakes, high fives or fist bumps
b) minimizing close face-to-face contact during practices, games and in the change room
c) no group social activities
d) limit or stop spectators, especially for indoor sports/events
To limit the spread of COVID-19 to Nova Scotia at this time:
a) sports teams and individual athletes should not travel outside of Nova Scotia for competitions or events;
b) sports teams and individual athletes should not travel to Nova Scotia for competitions or events.
As this situation evolves it may be necessary to further restrict sports activities
More information on COVID19 is at http://novascotia.ca/coronavirus
Following the following routine prevention measures will help prevent the spread of to a common viruses and bacteria throughout the year:
• Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand rub if water and soap are not available.
• Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. If using a tissue, immediately place it in a waste disposal and wash your hands.
• Limit touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
• If at all possible, stay home when ill with acute respiratory symptoms; if this is not possible, limit close contact with others.
• Don’t share items that may have saliva on them such as, drinking glasses and water bottles (athletes should use their own, labeled, water bottle for workouts, practices and games).
• Frequently clean surfaces like taps, doorknobs and countertops.
• Use of masks by the general public for respiratory illnesses such as influenza and COVID19 have not been shown to be effective in preventing virus spread and are not recommended for prevention.
Statement from the Truro Rugby Club:
With respect to the COVOD-19 concerns, rest assured that we are following the situation closely.
We have hand sanitizer stations and appropriate hand soap available at the facility.
We have 36 teams attending, which could lead to upwards for 400 people if everyone was at the barn at the same time. The NS government is recommending no more than 150 people at gatherings.
Therefore, we are going to limit the number of people in the building to 150 at any one time. That allows for the teams playing, plus a few teams on either side of the matches to be in the building at anyone time. This puts the event in compliance with current recommendations.
We will be also limiting the number of people at the after-party Friday night to 150.
All of the teams, except one are from the Maritimes and they are driving. Very few players are flying in for this event. This is the smallest the tournament has ever been, which will help us manage the situation.
We are taking precautions and NS and the Maritimes are still considered to be very low risk.
This tournament is a big part of Maritime Rugby Culture and helps fund the most widely used rugby facility in the Maritimes – Truro Rugby Club.
We do not want to be taking unnecessary risks, but also feel we are doing everything reasonable given what we know.
We are all set to go and still believe that this will be an amazing rugby event.
Truro Rugby Club