July is already upon us and there are grounds for cautious optimism that the restrictions that have been imposed on us are having the desired effect. The number of infections and coronavirus-related deaths in Scotland have greatly reduced and there is light at the end of the tunnel. Unfortunately, in order to reach that light, there are still multiple hoops for us to negotiate.

Obviously one of the newer rules is that we must all wear face masks…in enclosed spaces where physical distancing might not always be possible – such as on public transport and in shops“. What better way to comply with that requirement than with a Penicuik Rugby face mask? Only £6 per mask – just message the club Facebook page or contact Robbie.

In related news, the SRU have required all clubs to appoint a “Covid-19 Safety Co-ordinator” to oversee public health and safety planning across the club, and Gavin has agreed to take on that role for us. There are risk assessments and plans currently being worked up to determine how we might be able to operate the clubhouse and to run training sessions. We’ll share those plans with you in more detail once they have been properly reviewed.

As we move forwards, we will continue to follow Government and SRU regulations and guidance. In this respect, it should be noted that the SRU rules are likely to be running some way behind the more general Government rules. Please bear with us if this is the case. Unfortunately this means that we don’t yet have a date set for that most important of events, the reopening of the bar. As soon as we do, we’ll let you all now.

However, we still hope to be able to begin some kind of seniors’ pre-season training in the very near future, and to hold the AGM in some form or other at the end of the month. There will be a separate posts about these in due course.

As always, stay safe, and if you have any questions about the club’s coronavirus response – or any other aspect of the running of the club – then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.