26 APRIL 2020: UPDATE ON CLUB STATUS DURING CORONAVIRUS

26 APRIL 2020

Dear Members

UPDATE ON CLUB DURING CORONAVIRUS

Having listened to President Ramaphosa earlier this past week, watched the subsequent press conferences and read the latest news reports, we should all by now be aware of South Africa’s move to a new approach of the lockdown.

As of 1 May 2020, the country will move to a Level 4 Lockdown which in reality is much the same as the current restrictions, albeit with slightly relaxed regulations to get the economy back to work and aim toward Level 1 – the new ‘normal’.

This by no means indicates we are out of the woods, nor does it mean we can start training, playing matches and enjoying social exercise. In fact, quite the opposite! So far in South Africa, at the time of writing, the stats show we have tested over 160 000 people, recorded 4361 positive cases which have resulted in 1473 recoveries and 86 deaths. Please don’t think this cannot happen to you!

Statistics as supplied by South African Government as of 10am on 26 April 2020.

It would seem as though football will not be back for some time which is a major blow to all of us who expected to start the season in June – while we remain hopeful of getting some level of football in soon, it would seem we are being overly optimistic.

For now, to keep ourselves active and our club ticking over, we have started to use our social media Facebook channel to introduce our senior members to the club and try build relationships and encourage our kids to stay health, remain active as much as they can and continue to remind them why it’s important to stay at home.

Our new Facebook campaign uses the club’s senior members in an effort to introduce them to our members and allow them to get to know who is who.

I hope by next week I will be able to write more about the irrigation system at the club which we have been waiting on for months now and spoke about previously as a need to get that working during this crisis while our fields are not in use. Having promised this in January, we are now in April and hopefully in the coming week or two we will have an update to share with our members.

Unfortunately, our Under 16 group who were due to leave for Portugal’s Ibercup in June have had to postpone their trip to 2021 due to the effects of coronavirus on global travel. While we are all fairly sad about this, we know it is for the best and we will use this additional time to plan and ensure the trip is even more memorable.

Finally, we understand many of our members and parents may be negatively affected by the Covid19 lockdown regulations. Business has shut down, income has been lost and families are struggling. There are a number of relief funds available, including SASSA / UIF grants to the unemployed.

Please visit the Government website on guidelines and relief if you require more information on the options available.

Members of the club’s executive committee are available to assist you in understanding the relief options and helping you figure out which is right for you or your business – please reach out if you need any guidance and we will do our best to assist.

Stay safe, stay healthy, wash your hands with soap and water as much as you can and remember that as of 01 May 2020 it will be compulsory to wear a mask when out in public.

Justin Asher

Club Chairman

On behalf of the Rygersdal Football Club Executive Committee