Bytown Blues Update March 30th 2020
Statements from Rugby Canada and Rugby Ontario
“The following is a statement from Rugby Canada, regarding the impact of COVID 19 on rugby programming across our country:
As we all navigate this unprecedented situation, we remain first and foremost committed to the health and safety of our members, supporters, players, coaches, officials and staff. In keeping with this commitment, and in conjunction with our Provincial member Unions, Rugby Canada has made the decision to suspend all sanctioned rugby activities nationally effective March 14th until at least April 10th. These activities include all inter-Provincial and Club competitions and training sessions, international and domestic tours, and all training & education courses for officials & coaches. National Senior Teams & players may conduct some training preparation under the approval and supervision of Rugby Canada’s Chief Medical Officer, following the advice and guidance of the Sport Medicine Advisory Committee and National and Provincial health agencies. The suspension of activities will be revaluated prior to April 10, and further communication to our membership will be made based on updated advisements from health authorities.
In conjunction with World Rugby, we continue to monitor the evolving situation around the globe, and will provide updates on international events and tours as decisions are made based on the best available information.
Rugby Canada CEO Allen Vansen stated, “The rugby community in Canada is brought together through the love of the game, which is founded on the principles of integrity, solidarity, and respect. As we navigate our way through this evolving situation, we thank the entire Canadian rugby community for their patience and understanding. We recognize the investment and commitment of our members, and are committed to providing the most updated information possible. While we all look forward to getting back on the pitch as soon as possible, we all have a collective responsibility to follow the recommendations of the appropriate health authorities, and strongly urge the entire community to do
“The health and well being of all who partake in our game, as well as support it, is paramount to us, ” said Tim Powers, Chair of the Rugby Canada Board of Directors. “For now rugby, like every other sport,
rightly takes a break so we can all focus on ensuring the welfare of our fellow Canadians. We hope to soon be back on our pitches playing the game we love.”
For further information and advisement from Health Canada, please visit:
For updated information from the Sport Medicine Advisory Committee, please see: https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Update–3–Advisory-on-COVID-19.html?soid=1108867463200&aid=Xv-992-aw20
COVID19 and Bytown Blues
So we hope everyone is staying safe and practicing some social distancing. As for how this affect Bytown;
- Training on April 4th is cancelled
- RC and RO ban till April 10th takes care of that one.
- Training on April 11 and 18 are in “Wait and See” mode as we wait for more information from RO and uOttawa
LPR (senior men’s season):
- We’ve contacted Francois and Stephane about 2020 season
- Everything is shutdown until May 1st, so start of season, at earliest will be May 23rd
- We are waiting week to week for more information
Since the City, although not officially stated, has said they do not see any city fields being made available before end of June, which affects our programming.
TERP is not subject to the City’s jurisdiction, in case there is any urgent needs for a field. But if they are still banning groups on fields, TERP would have to abide by it (by-laws).
- Cecilia has identified issues to RO, RC and Sportlomo
- Waiting on their fix on their end
- All our info is in and ready to go
- We won’t be going live until we have clear indication from RO/RC
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