COVID-19 Community Game

Latest information and guidance for the community game


Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard over the past year to sustain our clubs and keep players active and engaged. Without the commitment and discipline, the community game has shown in complying with the ever-changing Government guidance and protocols our return would not be assured. We need to continue to work together to ensure we have the same levels of commitment and discipline as we look to navigate the next few months and ensure this return is permanent.

The Government has confirmed that from Monday the 17th May we can move to step three of the roadmap. We have updated the Return to Play Guidelines to reflect these changes to national restrictions. The key changes to note are in relation to spectators, travel, use of changing rooms and outdoor hospitality which we have gone into more detail below.


All participants must follow the Government’s guidance on safer travel.

Car sharing, minibuses, coaches are now permitted however they must follow Government’s guidance on safer travel 

Changing Rooms & Toilets

Changing rooms can be used as part of step three of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown although restrictions on use remain in place.

Participants should minimise their use of changing facilities where possible. You should inform participants that these are areas of increased risk and that they should shower and change at home where possible.

If participants do need to use changing rooms, they should minimise time spent inside, maintain social distancing from people they do not live with (or share a relevant bubble with). More than one household can use changing facilities at one time, but they must ensure that social distancing rules are followed. Any relevant capacity limits must be adhered to at all times.  Clubs should also note that the maximum occupancy of each indoor facility should be limited by providing a minimum of 100sqft per person.

You should follow any relevant measures in the sport facility guidance. 


From Step 3, spectators will be permitted to view events on both public and private land but need to adhere to social distancing rules and social gathering limits set at groups of 30 outdoors and six people/two households indoors. Please note that multiple numbers of these group sizes are permitted as long as social distancing rules are followed.

Outdoor Hospitality

As part of step three of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown both outdoor and indoor hospitality at community rugby league clubs is permitted.

All participants must follow Government guidance on hospitality settings and specific advice for sport facility operators available on the Government’s website.

People using clubhouses and hospitality facilities must adhere to legal gathering limits and wider government guidance.

Our guidelines still state that after match refreshments should not be provided.

Tackle Bags and Shields

Tackle Bags and Shields can be used from the 17th May however Clubs must follow hygiene measures ensuring these are cleaned before use by another person.