Covid-19 Update 16th October

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Update 16th October 

The government has decided that from midnight Thursday, 15th of October, the counties of Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan will be placed on Level 4 under the Plan for Living with COVID-19.

The rest of the country remains at Level 3. Due to the deteriorating situation with the virus across the country, the Government has decided to increase the level of restriction nationwide as provided for under Level 3 in a number of areas:

  • no visitors to home or garden, with the exception of visits for essential purposes (e.g. family reasons such as providing care to children, elderly or vulnerable people, and in particular those who live alone).
  • in outdoor settings away from home/garden, up to 6 people from no more than 2 households can meet while maintaining strict social distancing – including for outdoor exercise and dining.

 

Key Restrictions at Level 3

  • No competition/events.
  • Outdoor training pods of up to 15 socially distanced.
  • Stay in your County except for work, education, or essential services.
  • Indoors: Individual training only. No exercise classes can take place.
  • Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools may remain open for individual use only.

 

Key Restrictions at Level 4

  • No competition/events.
  • Outdoor training pods of up to 15 socially distanced.
  • Stay in your County except for work, education, or essential services.
  • Indoors: Individual training only. No exercise classes can take place.
  • Gyms, pools, and leisure centres closed.

 

Important note from Sport Ireland Expert Group on Level 3:

The Sport Ireland Expert Group is awaiting final sign off on guidance for indoor sport in Level 3. Until then sports should refrain from Indoor Group Activity. Senior National Competition can no longer take place in Level 3.

Athletics Ireland will continue to share further Covid19 sport information with you as we receive it from the Sport Ireland Expert Group.

We urge all Athletics Ireland stakeholders to continue to be vigilant to limit the spread of this deadly disease through social distancing, regular handwashing, sanitising together with the wearing of masks/face coverings and strict adherence to government advice.

All club training bookings and the Covid-19 health questionnaire can be accessed HERE on the Athletics Ireland website.

Further information on current Covid restrictions can be found HERE.

Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19 HERE.

 
Update 6th October

From midnight tonight the nation moves to level 3 of the National Framework for living with Covid 19. This increase to level 3 has serious implications for athletics and we note the key restrictions below.

We urge all stakeholders to continue to be vigilant to limit the spread of this deadly disease through social distancing, regular handwashing, sanitising together with the wearing of masks and strict adherence to government advice.

We will continue to share further Covid19 sport information with you as we receive it from the Sport Ireland Expert Group.

 

Key Restrictions at Level 3

  • No competition/events.
  • Outdoor training pods of up to 15.
  • Stay in your County except for work, education or essential services.

 

Level 3 Training

  • Outdoors: Non-contact training only in pods of up to 15 (exemption for professional/elite/inter-county sports/senior club championship).
  • Indoors: Individual training only. No exercise classes.

 

‘Pod’ System

  • Organised Sports training / activity / exercise can do so in multiple pods once sufficient space is available and strict public health protocols are in place.
  • The use of multiple pod’s is to assist with minimizing the number of people in a group while acknowledging that some outdoor facilities have the capacity to cater for larger numbers of people in a safe manner and within public health guidelines. People participating in pod training can be from different households.
  • The number of pods in a given facility or area will depend on the overall size of space available.
  • The space between pods will depend on the nature, duration and intensity of the session but it should be clearly evident that the pods are independent groups not interacting with one another. At a very minimum Social Distancing of 2m between pods should be implemented.
  • Depending on the frequency of activity (i.e. multiple times in a week) it may be helpful for participants to stay within the same pod.
  • A coach or instructor may oversee more than one pod and should be counted in the overall numbers.
  • The coach should not move freely between pods but rather oversee the activity of the pods.

For specific Covid19 questions please email hamishadams@athleticsireland.ie

Download a graphic of the measures in place in Ireland

 

Update 25th September

Covid19 continues to challenge sport and society and we must all be ever vigilant in preventing its spread. We thank all in the athletics community for your support in maintaining standards of excellence around social distancing, wearing of masks and hand washing.

We have had reports of Club members congregating in public parks prior to and after training sessions and we ask you all to maintain social distancing and disperse quickly please.

Below we have a sample of frequently asked questions and further information on Living with Covid is available HERE.

 

FAQ’s

1. What do we do if a member of our Club who has been training regularly confirms they are now Covid positive?  

Once an individual tests positive, public health authorities will be in contact with the club to contact trace all close and casual contacts. The health authority will lead the club on the course of action.

 

2. Can an individual who has travelled off the island of Ireland (including green list countries) compete in any upcoming event or attend a club training?

Yes, if they have completed 14 days of restricted movement** in Ireland prior to the event/training and have proof of travel dates. We also recommend as per Sport Ireland guidance COVID-19 PCR testing of the individual within 3 days of return and 7 days later.

 

3. Can interclub competition take place?

Yes, we actively encourage all clubs to develop interclub events for all ages and our development team are available to support clubs in this activity. Please contact patryan@athleticsireland.ie if you require assistance.

 

4. Can competition take place in Level 3?

No.

 

5. What is the maximum number of people that we can organise an event for?

At level 2 the maximum number of people including athletes, officials, parents, volunteers that can attend an outdoor event site is 200. Note all events must be closed events to the public/spectators to ensure the number does not go above 200.

 

6. I reside in a locked down County, can I train or compete in a County that isn’t locked down?

No. Only Senior International Athletes have an exemption here.

 

7. I reside in a County that isn’t locked down, can I travel to a locked down County to train?

No. Only Senior International athletes have an exemption here.

 

** On return to Ireland (including green list countries) the travelling party should:

  • Restrict their movements outside of sport activities for 14 days.
  • Do not use public transport.
  • Limit visitors at your home to close family and the travel group.  
  • Do not visit others, even if you usually care for them.  
  • Do not go to the shops or pharmacy unless it's absolutely necessary - where possible, order your groceries online or have some family or friends drop them off.
  • Do not meet face-to-face with older people, anyone with a long-term medical condition or pregnant women
 
Update 21st September

To All Stakeholders,

Please find attached below the guideline protocols for Cross Country for Organisers, Officials and Athletes. These guidelines are subject to change at any time with the release of further government advice.

We appreciate that with the current Covid-19 government restrictions all events take extra planning and communication but we do encourage all organisers to continue to deliver athletic events within the guidelines.

We are available to support you through this process and please feel free to contact us anytime on 01 8869933 or competition@athleticsireland.ie.

  1. Athlete Protocols for return to Cross Country competition
  2. Officials Protocols for Cross Country competition
  3. Cross Country Competition Organisers Protocols for return to competition

 

Update 18th September

To All Stakeholders;

Please find HERE the practical guidance for sport issued by the Sport Ireland Expert Group. We note that this guidance is subject to change with future government announcements in regard to Covid 19 and we will issue all updates as soon as we receive them.

Please do not hesitate to us if you have any queries.

 

Update 15th September

Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19

To All Members,

Please see below links to today’s government announcement on Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19.

https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/resilience-recovery-2020-2021-plan-for-living-with-covid-19/

https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/c36c85-covid-19-coronavirus/?referrer=http://www.gov.ie/covid19/

The guidelines above still contain some areas that require clarification from an athletics perspective and we have asked the Sport Ireland Expert Group for their guidance. We will share updates with you as soon as we receive them. We also plan to share the Cross Country guidelines once we receive the Sport Ireland clarifications.

- Athletics Ireland

 

Update 31st August (2)

Further to the recent Sport Ireland communication, please be advised of the following clarification in respect of parent/guardian attendance at underage activity.

It is acknowledged that some parents/guardians may wish to attend underage sporting events, competition and training in a supervisory capacity. In such cases, parents/guardians are not classified as spectators. However, any parents/guardians attending are included in the maximum allowed numbers onsite of 200 for planned outdoor athletics competition.

Each sporting organisation will need to determine if they can facilitate such attendance. Sporting organisations who choose to permit attendance should ensure that strict adherence to social distancing and public health guidelines is maintained at all times. At a minimum, the following measures should be implemented by organisers:

  1. No more than 1 designated individual attending the session per child/family/group of children.
  2. Overall numbers are kept to a minimum and in line with the space available in the venue/facility.
  3. Electronic Contact Tracing & Health Questionnaires are completed by parents/guardians in advance of attendance.

Each sporting organisation must ensure that there are robust mechanisms in place to limit overall numbers, assist with contact tracing and implement compliance with social distancing and other public health guidelines.

We note that there will be further government announcements in the coming days in regard to Covid protocols for sport after the 13th September 2020.

 

Update 31st August

Sport Ireland are aware of some issues arising in relation to the staging of events on public roads during the current restrictions. Whilst Sport Ireland has advised that competition and events may go ahead as planned under strict protocols and adherence to public health measures, we wish to clarify the following:

NGBs should follow the normal procedure when planning events which require usage of public roads. NGBs and/or Clubs are required to obtain a licence from the relevant local authority and engage with the HSE and Gardaí in planning for the event.

The authority for licensing the event remains with the relevant local authority – the guidance issued by Sport Ireland does not supersede this. If the local authority are not satisfied that the event can be held without breaching the restriction on spectators or other regulations, they can refuse to grant a licence. Sport Ireland does not have a role with regard to licensing events of this nature.

Athletics Ireland can confirm that any permitted road racing events with up to 200 participants can proceed under the current government guidelines. However, please ensure all Covid protocols are followed and that the event is advertised as a closed event with no spectators and please include strategies to prevent groups forming during the event.

 

Update 25th August (2)

Unfortunately due to the current Government Covid19 restrictions the Board of Athletics Ireland are disappointed to announce that the rescheduled Congress due to take place on the 3rd October 2020 in Donegal is postponed until further notice.

The Board wish to advise all stakeholders that they wish to proceed with a Congress at the safest and earliest possible time and have taken legal advice to ensure all avenues are considered during this difficult period for us all.

We thank you all for your patience in regard to this matter.

 

Update 25th August

Further to the information below, please be advised of the following guidance in respect of parent/guardian attendance at underage activity.

The recent Regulations announced by Government aim at decreasing the congregation of Groups in social settings and to assist with contact tracing where required. Public health and reducing the risk of Covid-19 transmission remains the overarching priority.

It is acknowledged that some parents/guardians may wish to attend sporting events, competition and training in a supervisory capacity. In such cases, parents/guardians are not classified as spectators.

Each sporting organisation will need to determine if they can facilitate such attendance. Sporting organisations who choose to permit attendance should ensure that strict adherence to social distancing and public health guidelines is maintained at all times. At a minimum, the following measures should be implemented by organisers:

  • No more than 1 designated individual attending the session per child/family/group of children.
  • Overall numbers are kept to a minimum and in line with the space available in the venue/facility.
  • Electronic Contact Tracing & Health Questionnaires are completed by parents/guardians in advance of attendance.

Each sporting organisation must ensure that there are robust mechanisms in place to limit overall numbers, assist with contact tracing and implement compliance with social distancing and other public health guidelines.

 

Dear Sport Ireland Stakeholder,

Following on from Tuesday’s announcement please find below further detail on the practical implications of the guidelines on sporting organisations.

Guideline: Sporting events and matches can continue to take place behind closed doors

  • A behind closed doors event can include:  ‘Any individual involved in the participation, running, delivery, and broadcasting (if relevant) of the event’
  • The 6 indoor /15 outdoor participant restrictions do not apply to competition, events, or tournaments.
  • NGBs & Clubs with competition, events, tournaments planned up to September 13th 2020 should go ahead as planned with strict public health measures and protocols in place. No Spectators should attend these events.
  • Parents/Guardians attending in a safeguarding /supervisory capacity are not classified as a spectator however strict social distancing and public health guidelines should be adhered to at all times. In that context, one parent/guardian per child is permitted to attend at a sporting event, including a game or training session, should they consider it necessary. These provisions will be subject to strict protocols which will be issued in the coming days.

Guideline: Sport facilities can remain open.

Gyms/leisure centres/swimming pools/exercise and dance studios can remain open with strict distancing and other appropriate protective measures in place:

  • Total Indoor Gym/Facility/Pool Use can remain at the previous maximum levels of 50 once there is sufficient space available. In addition, facilities should be extra vigilant of potential congestion points such as entrance/exit points, changing rooms and reception areas ensuring that social distancing and other public health measures are maintained at all times.
  • Organised Sports training within indoor facilities can do so in multiple pods of 6 once sufficient space is available and strict public health protocols are in place.
  • Swimming and indoor water based activities can do so in pod’s/lanes of 6 once sufficient space is available and strict public health protocols are in place.

Guideline: Exercise and dance classes should be limited to 6 people and observe physical distancing rules.

  • Groups exercising outdoors should be limited to 15 people, including training sessions. There should be no mixing between groups.
  • Organised Sports training within indoor facilities can do so in multiple pods of 6 once sufficient space is available and strict public health protocols are in place.
  • Outdoor Exercise & Sports training can do so in multiple pods of 15 once sufficient space is available and strict public health protocols are in place.
  • Sports Summer Camps can do so in multiple pods of 6 (indoor) and 15 (outdoor) once sufficient space is available and strict public health protocols are in place.
  • Indoor Exercise & Dance classes should remain at 6 only as per guidance however may operate multiple pods if sufficient space is available and strict public health protocols are in place.

Ratios: Working Example

  • For Adult Activity, Coaches & Instructors should be included in the pod sizes. For example in outdoor training a ratio of 1:14 could be used. In the case of multiple pods indoors, ratios of 1:11 may be acceptable.
  • For Underage Activity, Individual Safeguarding Ratio’s will depend on the nature of the activity, the age of the participants and any special needs of the group, Sport Ireland’s general guide include 1:8 for under 12 years of age and 1:10 for over 12 years of age. There should be at least one adult of each gender with mixed parties.

 

Update 21st August (2)

The Government has confirmed an extension to the lockdown restrictions in Kildare for an additional two weeks.

The implications of this decision mean that at this stage any residents of Kildare cannot attend the National Track and Field Championships as athletes or officials. We appreciate that this news will be disappointing for all concerned.

Special Government advice for those living in Kildare can be found at https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/7b237-special-advice-for-those-living-in-kildare-laois-and-offaly-friday-7-august-2020/

Athletes from Laois and Offaly can now compete over both weekends and have been emailed with the relevant information.

Further event information is available here https://www.athleticsireland.ie/news/national-senior-championships-incorporating-the-u23-championships/

 

Update 21st August 2020

Dear Sport Ireland Stakeholder,

Following on from Tuesday’s announcement please find below further detail on the practical implications of the guidelines on sporting organisations.

Guideline: Sporting events and matches can continue to take place behind closed doors

  • A behind closed doors event can include:  ‘Any individual involved in the participation, running, delivery, and broadcasting (if relevant) of the event’.
  • The 6 indoor /15 outdoor participant restrictions do not apply to competition, events, or tournaments.
  • NGBs & Clubs with competition, events, tournaments planned up to September 13th 2020 should go ahead as planned with strict public health measures and protocols in place. No Spectators should attend these events.
  • Parents/Guardians attending in a safeguarding /supervisory capacity are not classified as a spectator however strict social distancing and public health guidelines should be adhered to at all times. In that context, one parent/guardian per child is permitted to attend at a sporting event, including a game or training session, should they consider it necessary. These provisions will be subject to strict protocols which will be issued in the coming days.

Guideline:Sport facilities can remain open.

  • Gyms/leisure centres/swimming pools/exercise and dance studios can remain open with strict distancing and other appropriate protective measures in place:
  • Total Indoor Gym/Facility/Pool Use can remain at the previous maximum levels of 50 once there is sufficient space available. In addition, facilities should be extra vigilant of potential congestion points such as entrance/exit points, changing rooms and reception areas ensuring that social distancing and other public health measures are maintained at all times.
  • Organised Sports training within indoor facilities can do so in multiple pods of 6 once sufficient space is available and strict public health protocols are in place.
  • Swimming and indoor water based activities can do so in pod’s/lanes of 6 once sufficient space is available and strict public health protocols are in place.

Guideline:      Exercise and dance classes should be limited to 6 people and observe physical distancing rules.

  • Groups exercising outdoors should be limited to 15 people, including training sessions. There should be no mixing between groups.
  • Organised Sports training within indoor facilities can do so in multiple pods of 6 once sufficient space is available and strict public health protocols are in place.
  • Outdoor Exercise & Sports training can do so in multiple pods of 15 once sufficient space is available and strict public health protocols are in place.
  • Sports Summer Camps can do so in multiple pods of 6 (indoor) and 15 (outdoor) once sufficient space is available and strict public health protocols are in place.
  • Indoor Exercise & Dance classes should remain at 6 only as per guidance however may operate multiple pods if sufficient space is available and strict public health protocols are in place.

Ratios: Working Example

  • For Adult Activity, Coaches & Instructors should be included in the pod sizes. For example in outdoor training a ratio of 1:14 could be used. In the case of multiple pods indoors, ratios of 1:11 may be acceptable.
  • For Underage Activity, Individual Safeguarding Ratio’s will depend on the nature of the activity, the age of the participants and any special needs of the group, Sport Ireland’s general guide include 1:8 for under 12 years of age and 1:10 for over 12 years of age. There should be at least one adult of each gender with mixed parties.
 
Covid Update 19th August 2020

To All Stakeholders,

Please find the update issued by Sport Ireland last night in regard to the latest Covid advice.

Further specific details will be issued in the coming days from Sport Ireland but the good news is that we have had sign off from Sport Ireland that our Irish Life Health National Track & Field Championships can proceed as planned and training groups can continue to operate in multiple groups of 15.

Covid is still very much with us and we advise all stakeholders to maintain the highest standards of Covid protocols at all times.

 

"Dear Sport Ireland Stakeholder

Following the announcement by An Taoiseach tonight the following public health measures are now in place. The previous restrictions announced for Kildare, Laois and Offaly continue to remain in place.

The key measures announced in relation to sport and physical activity are outlined below.

Sport Ireland will provide additional information on a number of the measures tomorrow. In the meantime please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

Updated Public Health Measures – Sport & Physical Activity

  • Sport facilities can remain open.
  • Sporting events and matches can continue to take place behind closed doors.
  • Gatherings, including social gatherings, before or after events must be avoided. Participants should practice 2 metre physical distancing before and after events, during breaks in play, on the sidelines and team huddles should be avoided.
  • Gyms/leisure centres/swimming pools/exercise and dance studios can remain open with strict distancing and other appropriate protective measures in place.
  • Exercise and dance classes should be limited to 6 people and observe physical distancing rules.
  • Groups exercising outdoors should be limited to 15 people, including training sessions. There should be no mixing between groups.
  • It is recommended that those responsible for managing these facilities should have completed a risk assessment before reopening to manage the public health risk for their customers, attendees, participants, and staff.
  • The assessment should consider the risk factors for getting COVID-19, that is Distance, Activity, Time and Environment, and include controls such as managed entry, improved hygiene facilities, and regular cleaning to limit these.
  • Facilities should observe physical distancing guidelines and apply the public health checklist to their operation. Guidance on mass gatherings should also be followed.
  • Facilities reopening with a return of staff should apply the Return to Work Safely Protocol. This has been designed to support employers and workers to put measures in place that will prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace."

 

Covid Update 17th August 2020

Regrettably the Sport Ireland Covid19 Expert Group has just confirmed to us that the government advice for residents of Kildare, Laois and Offaly now extends until midnight on Sunday the 23rd August 2020.

The implications of this decision mean that at this stage any residents of these locked down Counties cannot attend the first weekend of the National Track and Field Championships as athletes or officials.

We note that the government will be updating details of the lockdown this week and we hope for better news going forward.

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/7b237-special-advice-for-those-living-in-kildare-laois-and-offaly-friday-7-august-2020/?referrer=http://www.gov.ie/localmeasures/

 
Special advice for those living in Kildare, Laois and Offaly - Friday 7 August 2020

Dear Sport Ireland Stakeholder

Following the announcement by An Taoiseach tonight the following guidance has been issued in relation to Kildare, Laois and Offaly.

The Restrictions are in place for 2 weeks from midnight tonight (Friday 7 August) until midnight on Friday 20 August. The situation will then be reviewed.

The key notes of importance include:

Travel and transport

You can only travel within your county, other than for the following reasons:

  • to travel to and from work where that work cannot be done from home
  • to attend medical appointments, collect medicines and other health products
  • for vital family reasons, like providing care to children, elderly or vulnerable people, but excluding social family visits
  • for farming purposes, food production or care of animals

You should not travel into any of these counties, other than for the reasons above, and you need to travel through these counties to get somewhere else. You should not stop in Kildare, Laois or Offaly unless for essential purposes.

Sport

No sporting events or matches should take place, with the following exemptions:

  • non-contact training outdoors in a maximum group of 15 people may continue
  • professional and elite sports and horse-racing may continue behind closed doors
  • inter-county training (max 15 people) and fixtures may continue behind closed doors

All cinemas, theatres, casinos, betting shops, bingo halls, gyms, leisure centres, swimming pools, exercise and dance studios are required to close.

Indoor gatherings

All indoor gatherings should be restricted to a maximum of 6 people from no more than 3 households in total, while maintaining physical distancing.

Outdoor gatherings

Outdoor gatherings should be limited to a maximum of 15 people, while maintaining physical distancing
 

Public and private transport

You should not use public transport unless it is absolutely necessary to do so, and where possible you should not share private vehicles with others from outside your household.

Sport Ireland will continue to keep the sector informed on any further advancements.

 
Notice 5th August 2020

The government extension of the restriction of 200 people only attending any outdoor event is disappointing for us all in Athletics Ireland. However, this decision was made in the best interests of the health of the nation as we all strive to contain the Covid19 virus outbreak.

Athletics Ireland are currently reviewing several logistical options in regard to upcoming competitions and we will revert to all stakeholders later this week once those decisions are finalised.

We thank you all for your patience at this difficult time.

 
Notice 24th July 2020

FAQ’s for Phase 3 Extension 

1. What do we do if a member of our Club who has been training regularly confirms they are now Covid positive?  

Once an athlete tests positive, public health authorities will be in contact with the club to contact trace all close and casual contacts. The health authority will lead the club on the course of action.

2. Can I travel abroad?

Yes, anyone can travel off the island of Ireland for essential business and best practice is to self-isolate for 14 days on your return to Ireland.

3. Can an overseas athlete compete in any upcoming competition?

Yes, if they have completed 14 days of self-isolation in Ireland prior to the event and have proof of travel dates.

4. Can interclub competition take place?

Yes, we actively encourage all clubs to develop interclub events for all ages and our development team are available to support clubs in this activity. Please contact patryan@athleticsireland.ie if you require assistance.

5. Will Cross Country protocols be released?

Yes, in the coming days once we know what government guidelines will operate from the 10th August we will release cross country protocols. We are actively encouraging all clubs to promote track and field activities at this time.

Notes –
  • Government advice is not to travel abroad unless it is essential.
  • The limit of 200 people attending an outdoor event includes all athletes, coaches, officials, spectators and anyone else on site.

We encourage all our members to download and use the COVID Tracker app released by government and found here https://www.gov.ie/en/service/da832-download-the-covid-tracker-app/

 

Notice 17th July 2020

Covid 19 is still very much with us and the current setback in our nations progression to Phase 4 illustrates our need to be forever vigilant in our battle to supress the virus. Please find the links below to the extended phase 3 guidelines released by government last night.

Note that in regard to sport there are no changes to the existing phase 3 guidelines now in place until the 10th August 2020.

The key parameters for Athletics Ireland are;

  • Indoor gatherings: Indoor gatherings of up to 50 people when conducted in line with public health advice are permissible.
  • Outdoor gatherings: Outdoor gatherings of up to 200 people when conducted in line with public health advice are permissible.

View Phase 3 guidelines HERE.

 

Notice 8th July 2020
Covid19 Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can the club open indoor facilities like meeting rooms and toilets? Yes, indoor areas can be opened for up to 50 people subject to a risk assessment and the Health and Safety Authority provide cleaning details here https://www.hsa.ie/eng/topics/covid-19/return_to_work_safely_templates_checklists_and_posters/employers_checklist_no5_cleaning-and-disinfection1.pdf
2. Can we arrange competition between clubs? Yes, the government guideline is that up to 200 people can attend an outdoor event/race subject to meeting all recommended Covid19 best practice as per the Athletics Ireland guidelines.
3. Are all ages allowed to train at the Club? Yes, all ages can now return to train and all Athletics Ireland registered members insurances are in full operation.
4. Can we open our Club gym? Yes, subject to a risk assessment and cleaning policy to ensure the safety of all members gyms can open with a maximum of up to 50 people (area permitting).
5. Do athletes have to social distance when passing on the track? No, athletes can reduce social distancing in an intermittent manner like passing on a track. However, as much as possible best practice is to maintain social distancing whilst training.
6. Do we have to continue booking into the Club prior to training? Yes, the booking of all individuals attending the Club is an essential tool for contact tracing in the event of an infected person presenting to the Club. The Athletics Ireland booking app is an essential tool in assisting Clubs to make bookings electronically.
7. Do we have to complete the health questionnaire each time we attend the club? Yes, online or on paper, the health questionnaire is a declaration of how you feel just before you use the club facilities and works in tandem with the club booking system. It is essential that no one is showing symptoms of Covid19 on the day of training, hence the need to complete the form on the day of each training. The link below summarises how your Club can set up a free online record of your members health status.

https://www.athleticsireland.ie/downloads/other/Club_Covid_Protocols_Summary_25th_June_2020.pdf

8. Can athletes from other clubs use our facilities? Yes, if they are registered members of Athletics Ireland and they have permission from your Club they can attend sessions at your Club once they have complied with the COVID 19 requirements of contact tracing via the club booking system, social distancing, good infection control, and have completed the health questionnaire prior to or on arrival.
9. Can I attend training if I feel well but have been sent for a COVID 19 test? No, not until your test results are known. If your result is negative for COVID 19 then you can resume club activities if you feel well.
10. Who is responsible for reporting suspected or know cases of COVID 19 to the HSE? Notification should be made by a general practitioner as soon as they become aware or suspect that a person on whom they are in professional attendance with, is suffering from or is the carrier of an infectious disease. If you suspect you have COVID 19 you must attend your general practitioner.
11. Do we need to continue sanitising our hands pre and post training, observing correct etiquette re coughing, and cleaning all equipment after use?  Yes, the established protocols regarding sanitary behaviour will remain in place until government guidelines are relaxed.

We encourage all our members to download and use the COVID Tracker app released by government this week and found here https://www.gov.ie/en/service/da832-download-the-covid-tracker-app/

 

Notice 8th July 2020

To All Athletics Ireland Stakeholders;

Please see link below in relation to Covid-19 Control Measures for use of Meeting Rooms.

Click HERE

Notice 3rd July 2020

To All Athletics Ireland Stakeholders;

Sport Ireland has just released the updated e-learning course for Covid 19 for volunteers, coaches, administrators and officials. We strongly recommend that all our stakeholders complete this course as we all have a collective responsibility to maintain strict vigilance in regard to Covid 19 protocols.

Section A of the Course builds on the previous Covid 19 awareness course and has been updated with the current government advice and guidelines in relation to covid19. The course is targeted at supporting administrators, volunteers, coaches and participants.

Section B of the Course aims to support those who have been nominated to fulfil the Covid Officer Role in their club or community Group. This section will include specific modules in relation to that role – responsibilities, management plans, venue layouts, dealing with a breakout, emergency first aid etc.

Participants can choose to complete Section A only or both sections A & B. Nominated club Covid Officers are recommended to complete both sections.

Both sections include a test/quiz and you can download a certificate of completion.

Overview of Course Content:

  • Hand Hygiene
  • Equipment Hygiene
  • Advice on exercising during COVID-19 and Safe Return to Play Post Infection
  • Safe Return to Sport & Physical Activity
  • Advice for Group Activity
  • Returning to activity in the Great Outdoors
  • Phase 3 Guidance
  • Returning to activity in the Great Outdoors
  • Covid19 Officer Training
  • Knowledge Check & Quiz
  • Staying Informed

You can access the course from the following link on the Sport Ireland Website.

You can find a summary of Club Covid Protocols for your information HERE.

On behalf of Athletics Ireland I thank you all for your continued efforts in assisting our sport to resume.

 

3rd July 2020

To All Stakeholders,

Please find information below which offers guidance for Athletes, Officials, and Competiton Organisers on the return to competiton.

The guidelines in these documents relate to a return to athletics competition when the Government guidelines permit. It is anticipated that this will not happen until Phase 4 of the Irish Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business. These documents will be reviewed in line with government announcements.

Guidance for Officials

Guidance for Athletes

Guidance for Competition Organisers

 

26th June 2020

To All Stakeholders,

Please find attached our guidelines for Phase 3 of the lockdown exit. Phase 3 of the exit represents a huge step forward for our sport and we were excited to share our upcoming competition dates earlier in the week.

As always we encourage all stakeholders to be ever vigilant in regard to contact tracing, hygiene and social distancing and we are always here to support you.

Our RDO team are Covid19 trained and ready to assist your Clubs with your return and please do not hesitate to contact us with your questions. Our staff contact details are on this link https://www.athleticsireland.ie/about/contact-us

Key Notes for this phase:
1. Permits sporting activity in outdoor public sports amenities for all ages.
2. Permits people to engage in outdoor sporting and fitness activities, either individually or in a group. 3. Permits individuals to travel anywhere on the island of Ireland.
4. If you feel unwell do not present to the Club.
5. If you are recovering from Covid19 seek medical advice prior to returning to train.
6. Permits outdoor social gathering for groups of up to 200 people and indoor gatherings of up to 50 people. Note these numbers include all people present at any gathering including athletes, coaches, officials and spectators.

Guidance for Clubs

Guidance for Athletes

Guidance for Coaches

Note these protocols do not commence until this Monday the 29th June 2020.

 

24th June 2020

Permitted Events COVID-19 Update 24.06.2020

To All Stakeholders,

Athletics Ireland is delighted to share new protocols around permitted events as we exit lockdown. Recent announcements by Government allow for outdoor gatherings of up to 200 people from the 29th June, and 500 people from the 20th July.  

We wish to note that every event will have their own unique set of Covid-19 challenges around social distancing, contact tracing, hygiene and participant management.

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;

Road Race Event Organiser Guidelines

Road Race Volunteer, Staff and Marshalls Guidelines

Road Race Participant Guidelines

Athletics Ireland would like to thank you all for your patience and understanding during these unusual times.

If you have already applied for a permit and wish to change it to 2021, please contact deirdremarley@athleticsireland.ie directly, we are carrying applications forward and we will try to facilitate a new date for you. Please ensure you clear this date with your County Board.

We know that running provides great mental and physical health benefits for our society. We have a duty of care to ensure that our athletics clubs ensure that we operate within a safe environment.

This practical guide, prepared by our team in consultation with medical experts and in line with Government Guidelines, outlines the robust measures Athletics Ireland strongly recommend race organisers to implement and maintain to help safeguard all participants during the COVID-19 pandemic. This will allow all of us to get back to staging running events and improving the wellbeing of members across the country.

Our measures and procedures are under constant review and updated as advice from government, health authorities and governing bodies evolves in line with the gradual lifting of social restrictions. Note these protocols do not commence until this Monday the 29th June 2020 and are subject to change based on government guidelines.

 
22nd June 2020

Athletic Ireland welcomes the recent government announcement in regard to the easing of lockdown restrictions from the 29th June, 2020. We have and continue to work closely with Sport Ireland and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport to ensure athletics restarts in a safe and progression manner and that our members are responsible and vigilant in suppressing Covid19.

Subject to further government guidance this week we are working towards a full return to Club activities from this coming Monday 29th June for all ages and we will be posting competition dates in the coming days.

We note that Covid19 is still very much with us and it is imperative that we maintain the highest standards in regard to contact tracing, social distancing and hygiene and we will release further details on these strategies this week.

We thank you all for your cooperation and patience during this unprecedented time but it is exciting to see us returning to full Club activity from the 29th June.

Click HERE for Revised Roadmap for Reopening Ireland

- Athletics Ireland

12th June 2020 FAQ’s for Phase 2 of Lockdown Exit 

Key Developments in Phase 2 include;

  • Groups of up to 15, including trainers and coaches, may return to non-contact outdoor training activity (but not matches) while maintaining social distancing at all times.
  • You may travel within your own county, or up to 20 kilometres from your home if crossing county boundaries.
Can 12-year olds turning 13 years in 2020 train with their age group?

Yes, all those born in 2007 and before can train in their club and are insured.

Will there be any Track and Field Competition this year?

The Juvenile and Competition Committees are meeting regularly to plan a return to competition within government guidelines. Provisional dates in August and September are planned for Under 14 groups and above and these will be published in the coming days. Note – all dates will be contingent on meeting government guidelines.

Can Over 70’s attend the Club?

In relation to the vulnerable Over 70 years population, the advice currently is that they may leave their houses for exercise, but they should limit contact with other people, even on a socially distanced basis. This advice does not recommend over 70s attending sports clubs however, it is not mandatory, it is advisory, so individuals can make their own decisions.

Will Summer Camps Proceed?

Government guidelines allow summer camps to proceed in line with strict procedures around outdoor activity only, social distancing, contact tracing and excellent hygiene. A final decision on Athletics Ireland Summer Camps proceeding will be made in the coming days.

Logistics of attending a club session - example
Can more than one group of 15 operate in my club at once?

Yes, your club are responsible for developing their own risk assessment document and if the club believe they can safely operate with more than one group on site they can. The risk assessment is subject to meeting all social distancing, contact tracing and hygiene requirements.

Do all attending need to complete the health screening questionnaire? 

Yes, all attending the club must complete the health screening questionnaire. At the very least the coach should read the questionnaire aloud to all groups and any participant answering yes to the session should be excluded and contact their GP.

We meet as a training group in a local park, does the AAI insurance cover us there?

Yes, once you are a club committee approved group the insurance policy is in place for you.

Does the Club Covid Compliance Officer need to have medical qualifications or expertise?

No, the role of the Club Covid Officer is detailed in the Club Covid Guidelines on page 2 and they do not need to have medical experience

Will Athletics Ireland provide training on Club Covid Compliance Officer?

There is a webinar on the Athletics Ireland Covid page on the website at https://www.athleticsireland.ie/about/COVID-19. This page has related information and guidance on the role. Sport Ireland will be providing additional training supports in time and these will be released to the clubs in due course.

Is the club required to put up Covid-19 posters?

Yes, if possible, it is important to advise visitors of their responsibility to maintain social distance, hygiene and sneezing/cough etiquette.

 Is the Covid Compliance Officer solely responsible for ensuring good practices on our return to activity in our club?

No, everyone is equally responsible for ensuring best practices are implemented, the Covid-19 officer merely coordinates that plan.

Is the coach one of the fifteen or is it fifteen athletes and a coach?

The coach is counted as one of the fifteen.

 
Friday 5th June

To All Stakeholders,

Athletics Ireland is delighted to share the Phase 2 guidance protocols with you as we exit lockdown. The good news announced by our Taoiseach this afternoon includes an increase in the size of outdoor training groups to fifteen (15) and an extension to the distance we can travel to train. People can travel within their own County, or up to 20km from their home, whichever is further.

Guidance for Clubs

Guidance for Athletes

Guidance for Coaches

Note these protocols do not commence until this Monday the 8th June 2020.

COVID-19 Stay Safe Guide Posters:

As we enter Phase 2 guidance protocols, the Government have updated public health advice posters & info graphs to reflect current advice. Please find posters & info graphics below for download. 

Guide Poster Exercising Outdoors A3
Screen Poster Exercising Outdoors
All resources are available HERE

 
Tuesday 2nd June

To All Athletics Ireland Stakeholders;

It has come to our attention that several clubs are not adhering to the guidelines issued by Athletics Ireland for Phase I of the return to activity which is very disappointing.

We must note that all Athletics Ireland insurances are null and void if Risk Assessments and Safety officer requirements are not met and that training for those under 13 years is not covered in any form at this time.

Full compliance with the government approved Athletic Ireland guidelines is mandatory and we await Phase 2 approval and specifics through the Sport Ireland Expert Working Group this week.

We strongly remind all Clubs to be extremely vigilant in regard to contact tracing, social distancing and hygiene at this important time for our nation. Camera phones and social media are available to all and it is a very poor reflection on any club and our sport not promoting social distancing and best practice.

Our free to use online club booking application is now available to use and details will be circulated to you later today.

- Athletics Ireland

 

Wednesday 20th May

We welcome the return to limited activity in Clubs this week and we appreciate your cooperation and vigilance in regard to implementing the highest standards of contact tracing, hygiene and social distancing. We have updated our website with further resources for all to use from posters to screening questionnaires and this valuable information can be accessed HERE.

Additionally, we facilitated a 30 minute webinar last night to answer frequently asked questions for all and this discussion can be found HERE.

Our RDO team led by Pat Ryan will be a key point of contact for all Clubs to access information and the team are undergoing training in the area of Covid 19 compliance in the coming days, the RDO contact details for all can be found HERE.

We are also working with our partner Eventmaster to deliver a free online booking system for each Club to manage athlete contact tracing and we hope to have more details on this system to share with you all next week.

We would love to receive feedback and pictures of your Club return to training that could be shared with our members as we travel this difficult road together, please send contributions to deirdremarley@athleticsireland.ie

We wish to iterate that we do aspire to return to competition from August onwards, subject to government approval.

Keep Safe and don’t hesitate to contact us at any time with your questions.

 

Wednesday 13th May 2020

Athletics Ireland is delighted to announce that in accordance with specific government guidelines all clubs can return to limited activity from Monday 18th May. Athletics is one of the first sports to receive Sport Ireland and Government endorsement to return to activity and we thank the expert contribution from our working groups in competition, recreation and clubs. Athletics is a key strategic sport in improving the health of the nation and the recent study detailing the huge increases in people walking and running in the last two months illustrates the necessity to open our club outdoor facilities.

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

Hamish Adams, CEO notes “It is a privilege for us to be one of the first sports returning to club activity and with this privilege comes a great responsibility to ensure all our clubs and members operate to the highest standards of compliance to prevent the further spread of Covid-19. This is the first small step on our journey to return to full activity, we continue to plan and prepare for competition and events from August onwards subject to government directives.”

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

Monday 11th May 2020

To All Provincial, County & Club Secretaries,

We wish to give you all an update in regard to a graduated return to Club activity and insurance covers.

We are awaiting feedback from Sport Ireland in regard to our proposal to return to Club activity in compliance with government regulations. We believe that the opening of our Clubs is the key first step to the exit from lockdown.

We are also working hard in the background with expert advisors and we are developing support strategies to initiate our return to Club activity, we will release this information to you in the coming days. As you can appreciate, contact tracing, social distancing and hygiene practices will be essential strategies in our Club management of Covid19.

In the interim we can also confirm that all live virtual training events facilitated by Athletics Ireland staff for Athletics Ireland members are covered as Athletics Ireland hold Public Liability, Personal Accident and Professional Indemnity covers. However, we must advise Clubs to purchase their own individual covers in this area if they wish to personally facilitate virtual training online for their members.

We wish to note that once we do have a confirmed date for Clubs to open from Sport Ireland that all Athletics Ireland insurance covers will be immediately re-instated.

We are optimistic that a graduated return to Club activity is close and we appreciate your patience over the last two months. We are all anxious to initiate Club training and competition at all levels over the coming weeks within the government guidelines.

For insurance quotations please contact our brokers McMahon Galvin Limited info@mcmahongalvin.ie   

Thursday 7th May 9.30am

Covid 19 Lockdown Exit Update

We were delighted to receive the government news in recent days in regard to the Roadmap to Re-Open Society and Business https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/e5e599-government-publishes-roadmap-to-ease-covid-19-restrictions-and-reope/

However, we are liaising with Sport Ireland and relevant government authorities to ascertain what are the specific implications to athletics clubs and athletes in regard to the guidelines.

We can confirm that all national competitions scheduled for May, June and July have been postponed until after the 1st August, 2020. We are actively considering new dates for competitions and events that are feasible to host based on the guidelines after the 1st August and we will communicate these decisions to you all as soon as possible.

We recognise that the situation is constantly changing and government guidance is being updated regularly we are also mindful that lockdown measures can be re-instated at any time during our exit from lockdown. Any return to activity and competition will consider all government messaging with the aim that we maintain the safety and well-being of the athletics and wider community as our primary goal.

We have established forums to consider our return to

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