Edinburgh Rugby player tests positive for Covid-19 after house party

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An academy player from Edinburgh Rugby has tested positive for coronavirus.

At the Scottish government’s daily briefing on Friday, National Clinical Director Jason Leitch said the player had been at a house party last week with several other team mates.

A further three youth players are also self-isolating.

Edinburgh Rugby’s weekend match in France is scheduled to go ahead following an assessment by health teams.

Prof Leitch said he was “personally disappointed” as the house party attended by four youth players breached restrictions on social gatherings and protocols agreed with Scottish Rugby to allow the sport to resume.

He said: “Rugby, like other performance sports has been given the go-ahead on the strict condition that clubs and players abide by the guidance that has been agreed.”

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Prof Leitch said he was “personally disappointed” as the house party breached protocols agreed with Scottish Rugby

Mr Leith said he had spoken to leaders at Scottish Rugby and that they were taking the incident “very seriously indeed”.

He added: “Incidents like this and the ones we’ve seen previously involving other sports underline a really key point.

“If at any time one of us fails to abide by the rules we put others at risk and we give the virus the chance to spread and create consequences that are totally outwith our control.”

‘Remain vigilant’

Edinburgh Rugby said potential contact by the affected player with other members of the squad had been fully reviewed by external medical professionals and no further action was required.

It said “all club personnel have been advised to remain vigilant and be aware of, and report, any subsequent symptoms”.

In a statement the club added: “We would treat a suspected breach of our own, and the government’s public health guidelines, extremely seriously and will take appropriate actions and steps as required.

“Our priority is to ensure the health and safety of our players and staff, and we will continue to closely monitor and support all relevant individuals.

“Both Edinburgh Rugby and Scottish Rugby will also continue to work with the Scottish government and the Lothian Health Protection Team around any further matters arising from these circumstances.”

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Kitchen fire breaks out at historic Rugby cafe, food service still planned for Labor Day weekend

Staff with the Harrow Road Cafe will still have food available for take-out or to eat outside over the Labor Day weekend, next door to the cafe.

RUGBY, Tenn. — A kitchen fire broke out at Harrow Road Cafe in Rugby early Friday morning, gutting the building according to officials.

An image of the building was posted on Historic Rugby’s Facebook page, with chunks of the roof missing and white smoke still rising. However, the staff also said that a fire wouldn’t keep them from feeding people over the Labor Day weekend.

Officials said staff will set up next door to the cafe to offer food services Sept. 5 – 7, between 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Take-out, picnic tables and other kinds of food services will be available, officials said.

The cafe has been open since 1882, when a group first opened the shop, according to Historic Rugby’s website. Lunch service is still available at R.M. Brooks Store every day except Sunday, officials said.

Enough with work already! Spend your Labor Day with us this Monday. … The Visitor Centre, Harrow Road Cafe, Commissary, Print Shop & more will all be open. Stroll one of our trails or get wet at the Gentemen’s Swimming Hole. See you here!

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