Reponse to COVID-19

In the light of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and latest government advice, Rugby First is postponing all of its planned events for the foreseeable future to protect local residents and visitors.  This will affect Bikefest (17 May) Rugby Festival of Culture (20 June) and Rugby Food and Drink Festival (27 June).

Rich Warren, operations director Rugby First said: “Rugby First is working closely with town centre businesses, venues, traders and entertainers to inform them of the changes and mitigate disruption as much as we can. With regards to the market, it will close on Monday 23rd March while we monitor the situation.

“We would like to reassure the town that our 24 hour CCTV operation will operate as normal and our team of Rangers and cleaners will be out in the town centre keeping it as clean and safe as we possibly can for people.”

We are taking the COVID-19 outbreak very seriously and following best practice advice from the Government, NHS and Rugby Borough Council, therefore we have made a series of changes to our Rangers and Cleaning services so that we can continue to provide town centre businesses with these amenities.

Our rangers will continue to patrol the town centre and will respond and deal with issues. However, we have reduced the number of business visits and our rangers will not be carrying out instore patrols, to minimise the potential spread of the virus.

Our cleaning team will continue to keep the town centre clean but they will not be able to perform the business deep cleans and the five minute ‘hit squad’ times may be increased, depending on demand.

All of our teams who are out in the town centre are implementing enhanced hygiene measures and will be wearing disposable gloves. If you would like a ranger or cleaner to attend your premises, please contact our Control Room.

The paper shredding collection scheduled for Friday the 27th March is postponed. Any business that requires a collection can request one by contacting the office on 01788 572150.

Rich Warren added: “We are closely monitoring the situation and will notify businesses of any further changes. In the meantime, we would like to take this opportunity to thank local businesses for their support during these difficult and trying times.”