Leading Irish rugby players are asking everyone to play their part to help each other to protect themselves from coronavirus, and more importantly, protect vulnerable people around us.
Members of the Rugby Players Ireland Executive Board used their collective voice to impart an important message:
“The rules have changed – no passing of any kind and unfortunately no standing shoulder-to-shoulder.
“We all have to work together in stopping the spread of this virus and help protect people who are older or have long-term medical conditions.
“It’s to our advantage to continue to answer Ireland’s call and follow the advice on HSE.ie.”
Rob Kearney, Johnny Sexton, Ciara Griffin, Louise Galvin, Greg O’Shea, Peter O’Mahony, Eoin McKeon and Iain Henderson all feature.
A powerful voice 💪
We are not at the front line, but we all have a role to play in tackling #covid19#ItsInOurHands @HSELive @IrishRugby pic.twitter.com/SRfL6gXSpB
— RugbyPlayersIreland (@RugbyPlayersIRE) March 18, 2020
Simon Keogh, Rugby Players Ireland CEO said “Rugby Players Ireland’s members, like the general public, know that they have a civic duty to do all they can to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Our players are aware of the huge amount of work being done by our medical professionals in the fight against this virus and want to assist in any small way we can. By using our collective voice we hope we can help to amplify the government’s important message of taking the right precautions.”
In the videos the players tell people that we can’t stop the virus, but together, we can reduce the impact it has on ourselves, our families, communities, our health service and our day-to-day lives.
The goal is to slow the spread of coronavirus. If we can slow it down, we give ourselves, and our most vulnerable people, more options and more time for care and recovery.
The key message is that our collective efforts are critical, we need to do this together, as one community. We will be asking everyone to play their part, to help each other.
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, and do it often
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing, then bin the used tissue
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
- Stop hugging and shaking hands
- The big nights out and the big nights in are cancelled for now
- Work at home if you can.
We can all work together to help protect ourselves and people who are older or who have a long-term medical condition.
Stay at home if you have symptoms and get the advice you need on HSE.ie
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