Phase 1: The Government’s 5-phase road map to open up society and the economy commenced on Monday May 18th. In accordance with specific guidelines, Sports Ireland has given Athletics Ireland permission to allow athletic clubs return to limited activity.
For any club to reopen and resume official training, they must first carry out risk assessments, devise protocols and then strictly adhere to the guidelines laid down. It appears the guidelines have been drawn up in the context that a club owns their clubhouse and the grounds where they train and, therefore, are in a position to control who enters these facilities. As Longford Athletics Club conduct our training in public places, such as the Mall, it would prove very difficult operationally to recommence group training activities in accordance with the guidelines.
Irrespective, up to four people can now exercise together in public places provided they adhere to social distancing, hygiene etiquette and do so within their 5km radius.
As official training sessions have not resumed, the Athletics Ireland’s insurance cover is not in place and, just like all training outside official club sessions, it is at the member’s own risk. We await the issuing of guidelines for Phase 2 ahead of June 8th to determine whether official training may then resume in a practical manner. The club will communicate such guidelines once they are made available.
In the meantime, continue exercising if you can and stay safe.