Coronavirus: Roughyeds takes steps in battle against outbreak

Date published: 16 March 2020

Oldham RLFC would like to provide an update in relation to the current situation regarding the Coronavirus outbreak.

A key message to all, to begin with, is to maintain the guidance on infection control and the advice regarding what everyone can do to reduce the risk of catching Coronavirus.

More information is available here

In addition, following advice from the government and the RFL, Roughyeds have made a number of adjustments for players and staff to our normal procedures to reflect the current advice.

The changes are designed to protect the health and safety of players and fans and will mean a reduced level of interaction during the week and on match days.

The following changes will become effective immediately –

+ Players will not hold hands with any mascots

+ Players should limit any physical contact with supporters at venues

+ Players are advised to avoid handshakes, hugs, high fives

+ Players are advised not to take items from supporters for signing

+ Roary's Pride will be put on hold until further notice

All players, officials and supporters are asked to follow the government advice on hand hygiene and protect themselves and others from spreading the infection

Oldham RL club chairman Chris Hamilton said: "At the present time, as you will have seen this weekend, matches have gone ahead as normal.

"This is currently the advice although the club will be part of an emergency meeting with all other Championship and League One clubs with the RFL tomorrow lunchtime (Tuesday).

"The situation is fluid and both Government and RFL advice is subject to change.

"We will, however, make sure we keep everybody up to date with developments.

"Keep an eye on our website and social media channels for further information."

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