The Department of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media has said indoor activities, such as organised events including summer camps, group training, exercise and dance are not currently permitted.

Organisers of indoor summer camps across all activities have been looking for clarity from the Government about whether they can go ahead with them or not.

Some had been taking place indoors depending on the body that was over the venue or organisation.

A parliamentary question submitted to the department this week asked if indoor summer art camps for children taking place in local community centres are permitted at this time given the position concerning Covid-19.

A response to a question in the last few days from the department said "indoor activities, such as organised events including summer camps, group training, exercise and dance are not currently permitted".

The department said the Government continues to follow its plan to review and monitor the control of the virus and follow the prevailing public health advice in support of a safe and gradual reopening.

It said that in line with 'Recovery and Resilience: The Path Ahead', it is keeping all matters under constant review.

The department added that it will make further decisions in relation to indoor activities in due course following updated health advice, consideration and consultation with relevant sectors.

"The Government recognises that this is a difficult decision for many sectors, and particularly for so many businesses which had believed they would be able to open this week," the response stated.

One science camp told RTÉ News that as and from this morning they are are moving all their camps outside.