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COVID-19 Announcement from club president Charlie Martin

To all Bears Rugby players, coaches, supporters and Sponsors across all grades in Juniors, Teenage and Seniors:

Below is the main statement released from QRU/ARU in relation to the COVID – 19 virus as well as other key decisions.

Bears Rugby has a duty of care to all of its members and asks that everyone respect this decision.

This means there will definitely be NO training or Bears'-organised fitness or social gatherings.

All competitions across all age groups from Juniors, Teenage and Seniors are cancelled until at least May 2nd.

Downs Rugby will keep the club informed of any future updates, which we will pass on.

We will post any known updates to our website and our facebook pages.

If you need any further advice either contact your Junior, Teenage or Senior President, your coaches or myself.

In the meantime keep fit and healthy.

Charlie Martin – Bears Rugby President

***Queensland Rugby Union statement regarding community Rugby and COVID-19

Following the announcement by Rugby Australia this afternoon relating to COVID-19 and community rugby across Australia, Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) will suspend all affiliated and sanctioned community Rugby competitions - including training - until Saturday, 2 May 2020.

The sanctioning of competitions is one of the QRU’s key responsibilities, along with full compliance with our public health responsibilities around grass-roots Rugby.

During this time, the QRU is encouraging clubs and other affiliated bodies to follow public health information and procedures regarding containment of the spread of COVID-19, from the World Health Organisation, Australian Federal Government, Rugby Australia and Queensland Health.

There are immediate logistical issues for clubs affiliated to the QRU, meaning clubs would often exceed the mandatory Federal Government mass-gathering policy.

The recommended suspension would leave a window from Saturday 2 May through to Saturday 12 September 2020, preserved for local club competitions to be played, if circumstances allow.

Schools Rugby governance will continue to sit with the relevant principal and associated administrations.

QRU CEO David Hanham said: “This public health emergency we’re working through is unprecedented and today’s announcement on community Rugby takes into account all the relevant information provided by public health bodies, government and Rugby Australia.

“We’re putting in place policies and procedures that don’t place players, volunteers, staff and other stakeholders at unnecessary risk.

“This moratorium on community Rugby also allows the QRU time to plan at the community level and implement new participation/competition structures that would allow Queenslanders to participate in Rugby within the designated window, should circumstances allow.

“We will continue work with our clubs and affiliate bodies on measures to assist them during this challenging period, we’re mindful that this global heath-crisis is bigger than sport and the health and welfare of the communities of Queensland remain our priority.”

Other Key Decisions:

Queensland Rugby Union has announced the cancellation of the 2020 Junior State Championships to be held in Toowoomba in July.

Queensland Country Rugby Union has announced the suspension of both Tier 2 and Tier 1 Queensland Country Championships for 2020.***

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