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17th March 2020
Melrose Sevens postponed due to coronavirus concerns
Following yesterday’s briefing by the UK Prime Minister in which he said mass gatherings are to be avoided to protect front line services, echoing the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon’s remarks late last week, Melrose Rugby Ltd is today announcing that the Melrose Sevens is to be postponed.
Statement from Melrose Rugby Ltd in response to coronavirus
A Melrose Rugby Ltd spokesperson said:
“Due to current concerns around the spread of COVID-19 and after careful consideration, taking into account official Government guidance, we have taken the decision to postpone this year’s expanded Melrose Sevens, which was due to take place between 9th and 12th April.
“The evolving situation obliges us as a responsible organisation to take all reasonable measures to protect people’s health. That goes for the local community and for everyone that would be traveling to Melrose for the rugby and entertainment events.
“Over the past few weeks we have been in close contact with participating teams who are understandably nervous about booking travel and accommodation at the moment. The Melrose Sevens has always attracted a diverse audience of all ages from across the UK and abroad. Given the increased threat of COVID-19 to older people in particular, we are not willing to take any chances.
“We understand this will be a bitter disappointment for everyone involved. All the hard working volunteers here at the club who have been preparing so hard for this year’s expanded Melrose Sevens festival are saddened and frustrated to be postponing, but public health must always come first.
“Melrose Rugby Ltd will now engage with all the teams and sponsors involved, and work with all parties to agree a date later this year that works for everyone. We would like to thank the Scottish Borders Council and Scottish Rugby for their tremendous support in this unprecedented situation. To be clear, we’re not contemplating cancelling the event at this time; just postponing to another date.
“Postponing the Melrose Sevens will hurt the club financially as there are irretrievable and uninsurable costs. However we will get through this. This is a fast moving situation and we cannot plan with absolute certainty at the moment, so we would ask everyone who has purchased a ticket to be patient while we make alternative arrangements. We can confirm all tickets purchased will be valid for a rearranged date and we will communicate those details as soon as we are in a position to do so.”
FOLLOWING AN ANNOUNCEMENT FROM SCOTTISH RUGBY
ALL MATCHES AND TRAINING SUSPENDED UNTIL 29/03/2020
FOR ALL AGES GRADES
MINIS, MIDIS, YOUTH AND SENIOR
MELROSE SEVENS 2020
A spokesperson for Melrose Rugby Ltd said:
“We are investigating our options for the 2020 Melrose Sevens in light of the fast-evolving coronavirus pandemic. We are in contact with the Scottish Borders Council, Scottish Rugby, and participating teams as we consider the best course of action, with health and safety a top priority. We are also waiting on clear guidance from the UK Government. We will announce our decision in the coming days.”
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