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COVID-19 Guidance

Coronavirus

COVID-19

Update 24th February 2021

The Athletics Ireland Covid Group continue to work closely with the Sport Ireland Expert Group in regard to providing our members with regular updates and information during this difficult time. We are coordinating regular, on-going discussions with key stakeholders on a return to training and competition as soon as possible and we thank you all for your patience regarding this challenging matter.
On February 23rd, the Government published the updated Covid-19 Resilience and Recovery document, and this can be accessed at the following link.
The country remains at level 5 until April 5th and all sporting activity is on hold awaiting further guidance from Government.
Full details of level 5 restrictions can be found at the following link:
 

Level 5 – Exercise and sporting events

Training
  • People may meet with people from one other household in outdoor settings when taking exercise.
  • This must be within 5km of your home.
  • No indoor or outdoor exercise group activities, including those involving children, should take place.
  • Outdoor golf and tennis are not permitted.
  • Individual training only.
  • No exercise or dance classes.
  • No indoor or outdoor gatherings involving “individual training” except for professional and elite sports.
  • (AAI elites are high-performance athletes who have an exemption to continue to train. These athletes have a letter of exemption from the AAI High Performance Director).
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 are close
 

Update 29th January 2021

Government guidance on level 5 restriction has been updated. Full details of updated level 5 restrictions can be found HERE.

Training

People may meet with people from one other household in outdoor settings when taking exercise. This must be within 5km of your home.

No indoor or outdoor exercise group activities, including those involving children, should take place.

Individual training only. No exercise or dance classes. No indoor or outdoor gatherings involving “individual training” except for professional and elite sports. (AAI elites are high-performance athletes who have an exemption to continue to train. These athletes have a letter of exemption from the AAI High Performance Director).

 

Ireland is moving to Level 5 from the 24th December 2020

Update 22nd December 2020

Sport Ireland and Athletics Ireland issued clarifications on the implications of Level 5 on sports clubs, including athletic clubs.

https://www.athleticsireland.ie/about/COVID-19

https://www.sportireland.ie/news/return-to-sport-expert-group-issues-guidance-to-sports-sector

The implications for Galway City Harriers are as follows:

  1. Non-contact training in pods of up to 15 may take place outdoors while adhering to all Covid Protocols.
  2. Professional and elite sports are permitted to continue behind closed doors
  3. All other training activities should be individual only.

Please take note the following guides from Athletics Ireland:

Guidance for Athletes
https://www.athleticsireland.ie/downloads/results/Phase_1_Guide_for_Athletes_Athletics_13_May_2020_(1).pdf

Guidance for Clubs
https://www.athleticsireland.ie/downloads/results/Phase_1_Guide_for_Clubs_final_Athletics_13_May_2020.pdf

Guidance for Coaches
https://www.athleticsireland.ie/downloads/results/Phase_1_Guide_for_Coaches_Athletics_13_May_2020_(1).pdf