Update from April 19th, 2021
Following the latest announcements by the Federal Council, the Swiss Rugby Union has been able to clarify what these rules mean for the sport of rugby, with the support of the BASPO/OFSPO as well as of Swiss Olympic. Check-out the below information.
Youth until Age 20
- No change
- Full Training and Competitions remain permitted.
Adults over age 20
- Small change to contact rules
- Outdoor trainings are allowed in groups of maximum 15 people. If the players do not wear a mask, they must keep 1,5 meters distance and there can be no contact. If they wear a mask, they do not need to keep the distance and light contact is allowed.
The mask must stay in place correctly at all times during contact play or training, and the players must check before and after each play action that their mask is in place correctly. While this may be possible for light contact and for isolated tackling drills, it is not feasible during full contact rugby, which is therefore not permitted.
Nevertheless, this allows adult rugby players to enter the 1st phase of the return-to-contact progression, with light contact training.
The Federal Council will dictate when the next phase may be reached, whenever the masking and/or contact rules will be lifted in the future.