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Covid-19 Level 5 Update - April 23rd 2021

Athletics Ireland Covid-19 Level 5 Update

April 23th 2021


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Full details of the latest Government Level 5 restrictions can be found on


Juvenile Athletics is resuming from Monday next, April 26th!

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"Underage non-contact outdoor training in pods of 15 or fewer can restart" -  It looks like most of our Juvenile clubs will be reopening from Monday next.  With the Covid situation looking stable - fingers crossed!! - and the vaccine rollout continuing, let's hope that the opening up of athletics (and business!) continues and "normal" athletics resumes soon

Athletics Ireland Release April 23rd 2021


Excerpt from Release:

Elite sport: High performing athletes, as approved by Athletics Ireland and Sport Ireland, may resume from Monday April 26th

Outdoor sports facilities may reopen (for example: pitches, golf courses and tennis courts, other facilities as appropriate).

Activities should take place between a maximum of two households

Facilities, including club houses and any indoor facilities (for example: changing rooms, showers, kitchens, meeting rooms), apart from essential toilet facilities, must remain closed

There should not be any return to team sports or training activities


Underage non-contact outdoor training in pods of 15 can resume


Matches and events

Professional, elite sports, horse racing, greyhound racing and approved equestrian events only are permitted to continue behind closed doors

No other matches or events are to take place


Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools

Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools remain closed


Further details on level 5 restrictions can be accessed here

HSE Guidance on protecting yourself and others from COVID-19 can be found here


The Situation in Northern Ireland

Athletics in Northern Ireland has opened up slightly, and a limited number of athletics in the Republic may be able to avail of competition there. See Athletics Northern Ireland Release for more details

Excerpt from Athletics Northern Ireland Release:

Update 23rd April 2021

Now that restrictions are easing and competition is coming back, we want to advise our Competition Providers that the current Irish Government restrictions state that travel in Ireland is restricted to within the county, or up to 20km if crossing a county boundary. Any athlete resident in Ireland is therefore unable to compete in any Northern Irish competition, unless the competition is within 20km from their home. The exemption to this is elite athletes who hold an exemption letter from the Athletics Ireland High Performance Director.


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Cork Athletics County Board is a constituent member of Athletics Ireland. Cork Athletics is the governing body, administering athletics, track and field (T&F), cross-country (XC) and running in county Cork. The Board comprises elected representatives of constituent athletic clubs and running clubs. Cork County Board AAI organises Championship races and competition, including road, track & field (T&F) and Cross-country (XC), at junior, juvenile, senior and masters levels, and selects representation for the county. In addition, training and education is provided for coaches and officials. The Board also regulates the Athletics Ireland race/event permit (licence) process for county Cork.
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