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Country to Enter Level 5

Most Athletics Activity set to be Suspended during Level 5

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The new restrictions will be formally announced at 9pm this evening, will come into force at midnight on Wednesday, and will last for 6 weeks.

Athletics Ireland Update October 22nd

Note: This is a shortened version - full release is available on Athletics Ireland website


Ireland is now at Level 5 of the Framework for Restrictive Measures. Level 5 is expected to be in place for the next 6 weeks.

The Government’s guidance on Level 5 is clear, with the risk to public health meaning that individuals are asked to stay at home, with certain exceptions.

With regard to sport, the restrictions applicable in Level 5 are as follows:

    No training or matches should take place with the following exceptions:

            - Non-contact training can continue for school aged children, outdoors in pods of 15

            - Professional, elite sports are permitted to continue behind closed doors

  •     All other training activities should be individual only
  •     No exercise or dance classes are permitted
  •      Gyms/leisure centres/swimming pools closed
  •     Exercise within 5 kilometres of home.



As they are not recognised as essential services, the decision of Government is that all gyms, leisure centres, swimming pools and other sports facilities must close in the Level 5 restrictions. This includes both indoor and outdoor sports facilities.

It is permitted to open sports facilities for training sessions and scheduled matches for the exempted categories of sport, i.e. high performance and professional games. It will also be permitted to open outdoor sports facilities for structured training sessions by school aged children, i.e. those aged 18 years and younger, in pods of no more than 15, under the supervision of designated coaches, and in compliance with approved COVID-19 protocols and all relevant public health guidance.

During these training sessions it will only be permitted for participants and relevant coaching and support personnel to be present. In the case of children’s sport, parents will be permitted to attend for child safeguarding purposes, however they will be required to comply with social distancing and other public health advice.


Professional & Elite Sport

Professional and elite sport must adhere to comprehensive protocols, which ensure extraordinary levels of control and compliance are in place. Professional and elite sport is defined as follows;

  •     Professional sports people or sports people who participate within professional competition
  •     A Member of a high performance team funded by Sport Ireland
  •     Those who compete at major international events, including European and World Championships, Olympic and Paralympic Games. It is advised that these are senior athletes only within one of the following categories:

            - Athletes on the 2020 International Carding Scheme

It is important to note that protocols as they apply to each sport will be prepared and communicated directly by the respective National Governing Bodies.


Non-contact training for school aged children

Specific guidance on non-contact training for school aged children will be issued by Government. In the interim, the following is advised:

  •     Underage activity refers to those in primary and secondary school who are aged 18 years and younger
  •     Participants and coaches may travel beyond the 5km limit to attend training. Car-pooling should continue to be avoided
  •     Outdoor facilities may open only to allow the activity to take place. Only those participating in and conducting the training session should attend.


This is What is Known So Far

  • Visits between households or gatherings outside the home are not permitted under Level 5, but may meet up outdoors with ONE other household, away from home, for things such as exercise are likely to be allowed, but this must be within a 5km limit of one's home
  • No organised outdoor gatherings may take place.
  • Elite sports, e.g. GAA Inter-County Championships may take place behind closed doors, otherwise only individual training or exercise can take place under Level 5 rules.
  • Notwithstanding the previous, Juveniles may train in pods of 15

    Excerpt from Government Guidelines
    (Monday Oct 19th)

    Organised outdoor gatherings

    These are controlled environments with a named event organiser, owner or manager. For example: outdoor Arts events, training events.

    No organised outdoor gatherings should take place.


Exercise and sporting events

Training and matches

No training or matches should take place, with the following exceptions:


Non-contact training can continue for school aged children, outdoors in pods of 15

Professional, elite sports are permitted to continue behind closed doors

All other training activities should be individual only.


Along with Government and HSE guidelines, Sport Ireland and Athletics Ireland will both respectively be issuing updated guidelines specific to sport, and athletics, in the next day or two


 Under Level 3, clubs could continue with training activities, and confined club time-trials. These are now suspended* for the duration of Level 5, and beyond, assuming that, following Level 5, that we step back to Level 4.


How to work out what YOUR 5km limit is

2km from home
Use this Online Calculator from to work out your own local 5km limit. If the limit changes (unlikely) just enter the new radius figure into the calculator


We are entering a difficult phase for everyone, with people's mental and physical health on the line. Businesses will be badly affected.

It is incumbent on everyone to do their utmost to ensure that the move to Level 5 is effective.

Numbers here in Cork are climbing rapidly ... 232 cases in Cork today, and over 50,000 nationwide to date.  We ALL have a part to play.


Its NOT personal choice - the actions of the few affect others... including Loved ones, the elderly, thevulnerable.. and also result in businesses closing (and being closed).

We are going into another lockdown... It Won't Work if even a few people don't/won't follow the guidelines.
We MUST ALL take Personal Responsibility.
We read in today's news about one person's carelessactions infecting 56 others, while another, visiting Wayne Rooney, has resulted in 2 Championship teams/clubs going into quarantine.

Moral: The actions of the few affect the many

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