For only the second time in the history of Burntstump the ground is closed. The RFU have wisely decided that all rugby should come to a halt as part of a combined strategy to reduce the impact of Covid-19, Coronavirus.
Last week the Paviors Board met several times to discuss the escalating problem of the Coronavirus pandemic. The safety of our members and staff was at the forefront of all debate. The advice from the RFU and Government although changing at a pace was that it was safe to play over the weekend.
We then had a player from the Under 15s going into self isolation and their game was immediately cancelled.
Monday’s announcement from the Government left no doubt that we would be unable to carry on and was later confirmed with a direct instruction from the RFU that all rugby and related activities stop.
At a Board meeting that evening we could only endorse that decision, but we also looked beyond the 14th April at other planned events. Our belief is that the current restrictions make it impossible for us to commit to the organisation of The Summer Ball particularly as there needs to be a considerable outlay with no guarantee it will happen. Other events will also be affected and the website will be updated regularly with information about these.
The Club is therefore CLOSED to all except those carrying out essential maintenance.
This lack of activity places the Club at financial risk, as it does industry, and some careful financial management that will need your support will be vital.
We will be necessarily guided by Government and RFU decisions but only reopen when The Board feel it is safe for our Members and Staff.