COVID Safety Update from Athletics Ireland January 2022
Summary: Restrictions have been lifted but please maintain good hygiene practices and do not participate in or attend training or races if symptomatic.
On Friday January 21st 2022 the Government made an announcement in relation to Public Health Measures.
The full announcement can be accessed here: gov.ie – Government announces that most of the public health measures currently in place can be removed (www.gov.ie)
As set out in the announcement a large number of the public health measures currently in place can be removed. Key items in relation to sport & physical activity are as follows:
1. Formal requirements for physical distancing (2m) removed
2. 8pm closing time for sporting events removed
3. Capacity restrictions for outdoor sporting events removed
4. Capacity restrictions for indoor sporting events removed
5. Seated only spectators at indoor sporting events removed
6. Use of pods for indoor sporting activities removed
7. Use of a COVID pass to access indoor events removed
The Government have reiterated the need for ongoing close monitoring of the virus. Sporting bodies should continue to risk assess individual activities and events.
This includes the continued implementation of good hygiene practices along with recommending symptomatic individuals do not participate in or attend sporting activities.
Thank you everybody!
A reminder to protect yourselves and others:
- Stay at home and self-isolate when symptomatic
- Observe good respiratory and hand hygiene
- Wear a face covering in crowded and congregated settings
- If carpooling, please arrange a pod and keep to the same people. Where a mask while carpooling.
Source: Athletics Ireland
St. Finbarr’s A.C. is following and implementing COVID-19 safety guidelines set by Sports Ireland, Athletics Ireland and the Irish Health Service Executive.
Athletics Ireland fully supports the Government approach and the HSE best practice advice that your COVID-19 vaccine will offer you protection from COVID-19. We strongly encourage all eligible individuals involved in athletics to avail of the Government vaccine programme, mask wearing when required, regular hand washing and appropriate social distancing whilst participating in our sport.
From September 20th 2021 members are no longer required to complete the online COVID form or choose a pod in advance of training.
Coaches may continue, at training, to split the group keeping similar abilities together and managing recovery periods.
For further details please visit Reframing the challenge, continuing our recovery and reconnecting (www.gov.ie) and https://www.athleticsireland.ie/about/covid-19/.
Club COVID Compliance Officer
The COVID Compliance Officer is committee member Anita Locke and can be reached at email@example.com or on 087 9755344.