In accordance with specific government guidelines all clubs were permitted to return to limited activity as of Monday 18th May 2020. Athletics is one of the first sports to receive Sport Ireland and Government endorsement to return to activity.

Key parameters that must be met on Phase 1 of the Government roadmap are;

  • People can engage in outdoor sporting and fitness activities, either individually or in very small groups (maximum 4 people), where social distancing can be maintained and where there is no contact
  • People living within a 5 km radius of their athletic club can attend to train

We wish to note that every club will have their own unique set of Covid-19 challenges around social distancing, contact tracing, hygiene and member management. We strongly advise that each club committee meets virtually to develop their return to athletics plans.  A draft risk assessment template is attached for further development with club safety officers to ensure the highest standards of hygiene, tracing and social distancing are established.

A strict set of guidelines (note these guidelines are not exhaustive) has been developed with expert advice and this information can be found on the links below;

Guidance for Clubs

Guidance for Athletes

Guidance for Coaches

Club Risk Assessment Example


Press Releases: Return to limited activity

Athletics Ireland continues to closely monitor the Coronavirus outbreak and the advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team and the HSE. The health and safety of the Athletics community is our priority and we are determined to be calm, calculated and proactive regarding precautions to limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

All Athletics Ireland press releases can be found HERE.


Additional Club Information

Please adhere to the following Club and Athlete measures.

Covid 19 Actions Plan for Clubs

Instructions for Athletes & Clubs​ Poster

Athletics Ireland Covid 19 screening questionnaire: To ensure the Safety & Health of all people interacting with our club, all visitors must complete this declaration form prior to entering our site. If you indicate to us that you have symptoms of COVID-19 or you have been abroad in the last 14 days with exception to Northern Ireland, you should not attend the athletics club. Where this is the case, you are prohibited from entering using the club and advised to seek professional medical help/assistance.

AAI Presentation on Covid-19 Support for Clubs:



Please ensure that we all continue to follow the guidelines set out by the HSE in relation to exercise. Full details can be found at

Help prevent coronavirus

Hand Hygiene

Stay Safe


Keep Ireland Moving

Walk, Run, or Jog, but #KeepYourDistance

Athletics Ireland launched a national campaign that aims to keep people active during current restrictions. Athletics Ireland will be offering up free tips and advice to help you stay active while adhering to the HSE guidelines with respect to COVID-19.

Keep Ireland Moving Resources


Webinar Series

Athletics Ireland will be hosting a number of webinars over the coming weeks which will cover a variety of topics. 

Webinar Series

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