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Covid-19 Level 5 Update - November 9th 2020

Athletics Ireland / Sport Ireland Covid-19 Level 5 Update

November 9th 2020

 

athletics ireland covid 19

 

Athletics Ireland Covid FAQ – Level 5


1.    What athletes may train during Level 5?

All elite athletes, as defined below, and school going children and young people, aged 18 years or below, may attend club training.

From:

Covid19 Frequently Asked Questions - July 8th 2020

 

Elite Athletes
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 agreed 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.


2.    How many children may train together?

Pods of 15 including the coaches may train outdoors together socially distanced and following good hygiene etiquette.


3.    How many pods are permitted in an outdoor setting?

Multiple pods may train where space allows for social distancing.


4.    What is the definition of an elite athlete?

Senior international athletes are defined as elite. [This updates the previous definition as below:

From:

Covid19 Frequently Asked Questions - July 8th 2020

 

Elite Athletes
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.


5.    May school-going children and elite athletes travel beyond the 5km limit to attend training?

Yes, they may.

 

6.    May coaches travel beyond the 5km limit to deliver training sessions?

Yes, coaches are permitted to travel over 5km to attend club training sessions.


7.    May athletes and coaches cross county boundaries?

Yes, if travelling to a club training.


8.    May we use indoor facilities for training?

No, indoor facilities remain closed under level 5.


9.    Must we continue using the Athletics Ireland booking app and health questionnaire before every training session?

Yes, for contact tracing purposes the booking app and the health questionnaire should be used before each training session. Link to Athletics Ireland booking app. Clubs may use their own internal booking app/questionnaire, but whichever app is used, completion of a Contact tracing / health questionnaire is mandatory.


10.    May athletes and coaches cross from the six counties into the Republic?

Yes, for the purpose of delivering a club training session for school going children 18 years or younger and elite athletes.


11.    Does all equipment e.g. hurdles, javelins, shots, etc., require sanitising before and after use? 

Yes, the guidelines regarding sanitising equipment remain in place.


12.    May adults train collectively in groups? 

No, only individual training for adults is allowed.

13.      May competitions or matches take place?

No, competitions or matches may not take place during level 5.

 

Face Coverings


Sport Ireland Release on HPSC summary update on the efficacy of visors compared with masks and face coverings


Any additional queries on the content should be raised directly with the HSPC via  +353 1 8765300 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Some key recommendations include:


•    In public settings, when considering the options of cloths face coverings compared with visors, expert opinion and international guidance generally favours cloth face coverings.


•    There is a rationale and laboratory evidence in particular for favouring cloth face coverings over visors where the wearer is at a higher level (standing) than those potentially exposed at a lower level (sitting).


•    However, there is evidence that visors do reduce exposure to droplets to a certain extent and may be an alternative in certain circumstance includingPeople with breathing difficulties


      - People who are unable to remove masks/face coverings without help
      - Anyone with particular needs who may feel upset or very uncomfortable wearing the mask/face covering
      - In settings where people who have learning difficulties or hard of hearing or deaf are present.


•    Where cloth face coverings are used, it should be of multiple layers of suitable fabric and correctly applied. Further information on the handling and care of cloth face coverings can be found here.


•    Where visors are used they should cover the entire face (above the eyes to below the chin and wrap around from ear to ear) and be correctly applied. Further information on the handling and care of visors can be found here.

 

 

Athletics Ireland FAQs - July 8th 2020

 

Return to Activity Guidelines (Previously Issued):

 

Road Race Event Organiser Guidelines

 

Road Race Volunteer, Staff and Marshalls Guidelines

 

Road Race Participant Guidelines

 

 

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