COVID-19 – What can and can’t you do with your club

by Rugby WA Media

On 26 April 2020, the WA State Government announced the cautious easing of restrictions, increasing the number of people that can gather to 10, following the continued low number of new cases and the encouraging response to COVID-19 in WA.

What does this mean for your local rugby clubs and trainings?

  • Indoor sporting venues and non-essential local government infrastructure remains closed this includes clubhouses and strapping rooms. (Only facility allowed to be allowed to be opened will be toilets.)
  • No rucks, mauls, lineouts or scrums, or wrestling is allowed. Social distancing must remain.
  • Outdoor training sessions can be conducted in small groups (not more than 10 persons in total, including instructors) and with social distancing (ensuring 4 square metres of space per person and maintaining a 1.5 metre distance from others).
  • Indoor team meetings and/or strength and condition classes (Yoga and Pilates) within a private residence are permitted if the four-square metres per person rule is adhered to and appropriate social distancing and good hygiene practices are observed. The sharing of equipment, such as mats, is prohibited.
  • No sharing of training equipment (bibs, balls, cones etc.)
  • No sharing of communal facilities. Clubhouses stay closed

Cleaning and personal hygiene is an essential to fighting the virus and removing germs. These tips for general cleaning and use of essential facilities should be used as a guide pre, during and post trainings.

Washing your hands

  • Regularly washing your hands is a great way to prevent the spread of germs and virus.
  • If cleaning your hands with soap and water;
  • Lather for at least 20 seconds. Pay attention to the backs of hands and fingers, fingernails and the webbing between fingers.
  • Rinse hands under running water and dry hands with a clean towel, or fresh paper towel.
  • If cleaning your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub (hand sanitiser);
  • Apply enough product to cover both hands.
  • Rub all surfaces of both hands until they are dry.

Washing equipment

  • While equipment should not be shared, it can be used if it is cleaned and disinfected following use and prior to being used again.
  • Use products that are antiviral, meaning it can kill the virus, such as chlorine based disinfectants or freshly made diluted bleach solution in accordance with Department of Health guidelines available the link below.
  • Always follow the manufacturers guidelines for the correct mixture when working with chemicals.
  • Wash equipment (such as balls, tees, cones, boots etc.) in the cleaning mixture, leaving it on for at least ten minutes, before rinsing and drying

During Trainings

  • Coaches / S&C to reiterate social distancing at the start of each session.
  • No Physio or Strappings before trainings (come strapped and ready before the strapped before training begins.)
  • Maintain social distancing at all times during training.
  • Stagger start times to avoid congestion – adopt a ‘get in, train, get out’ philosophy.
  • Wash your hands before and after training.
  • All players and support staff must bring their own water bottle and hand towel.
  • No high fives, handshakes, spitting or contact.


These rules and guidelines were provided by the WA State Government for more information follow the links below: 

Community Sport and Active Recreation COVID-19 Factsheet

Latest information on the status of COVID-19

Latest on the community rugby situation