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Limited Competition from Next Month - Covid-19 Level 5 Update - May 7th 2021

Return to Competition from June 7th

Athletics Ireland Covid-19 Level 5 Update

May 7th 2021


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


Adult Athletics is resuming from Monday next, May 10th!

Athletics Ireland Release May 7th 2021

"From May 10th outdoor training for adults in pods of a maximum of 15 people can return"

"The Covid 19 pandemic guidelines continue to develop and our knowledge of how best to manage living with the virus also continues to grow. This summary sheet is designed to streamline the Athletics Ireland guidelines for all Clubs and members in one page.

Covid 19 is still with us and we need to be ever vigilant regarding contact tracing, social distancing and hygiene. Non-contact outdoor training is permitted for children in pods of 15 including coaches. Non-contact outdoor training pods for under-age members and must have at least two Garda vetted adults present throughout. There should be at least one adult of each gender with mixed parties.

All Clubs are required to appoint a Lead Club Covid Officer and advise Athletics Ireland of their Lead Officers contact details. Please email the contact details of your Lead Club Covid Officer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. However, you may train as many additional Covid Officers as you see fit to support Club activity. The Club Covid Officer is a standalone role and should not be an active coach involved in a training session.

Additionally, it is critical to complete a Club Risk Assessment and to discuss this document with the Club committee.

Please display Covid health promotion posters at the Club.

For Club members note the following steps in order to attend your club.

  •     Book all sessions online using the Athletics Ireland Covid booking app  
  •     Maintain social distancing during training at all times.
  •     Carry a bottle of hand sanitiser and use regularly.
  •     If using equipment wipe clean before and after use with an appropriate cleaning agent.
  •     Do not attend training in your club if you feel unwell or are displaying any Covid symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath or loss of smell or taste"     

New public health measures have been announced: The Path Ahead

Refer also to HSE Guidance on Protecting Yourself and Others from COVID-19


 Return to Competition (From June 7th)


    Outdoor (non-elite & club) matches and competitions may recommence on June 7

Such competition must take place without spectators.


Athletics Ireland continue to engage with the Sport Ireland Expert Group in advance of the reopening dates below to provide additional information and clarifications as required.

We are finalising a return to activity roadmap with the Expert Group that will be graduated and progressive in nature commencing with restricted competition from the 7th June 2021. Note there is no competition to take place prior to this date.

We look forward to sharing this roadmap with all in the coming days once signed off by the Sport Ireland Expert Group.

We thank you all for your patience as we negotiate the final stages of our Covid19 restrictions exit.

Related Artiles

Covid-19 Level 5 Update - April 23rd 2021


Covid-19 Level 5 Update - April 8th 2021


Covid-19 Level 5 Update - March 31st 2021

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



About Us

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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