Athletics clubs around the country will return to 'limited activity' from next Monday in accordance with government guidelines. 

Earlier this month the government's five-phase road map for how Irish society and the economy will slowly reopen was announced, with 18 May pencilled in as the start of phase one. 

Athletics, along with golf, was one of the first sports to be given the green light to return to activity, and Sport Ireland has confirmed within certain parameters, clubs will resume activities from next Monday. 

Groups of a maximum of four people, where social distancing can be maintained and where there is no contact, will be allowed to engage in fitness activities, though only members living within 5km of their athletic club are permitted to attend. 

"This is the first small step on our journey to return to full activity, we continue to plan and prepare for competition and events from August onwards subject to government directives," Athletics Ireland CEO Hamish Adams said. 

"It is a privilege for us to be one of the first sports returning to club activity and with this privilege comes a great responsibility to ensure all our clubs and members operate to the highest standards of compliance to prevent the further spread of Covid-19." 

Outdoor equestrian will also resume on 18 May.

Horse Sport Ireland CEO Ronan Murphy said that the 'Equestrian Sport Ready' submission, provided to Government in April, includes guidance protocols and procedures that can be put in place to allow an "incremental resumption" of equestrian activity. 

"I am delighted to say that following proactive engagement between Horse Sport Ireland and Sport Ireland, that Equestrian Sport has been deemed an outdoor sporting activity and as a result is permitted to reopen in Phase 1, due to commence on 18 May," he said.

"This is subject to ensuring that the guidance protocols are in place and strictly adhered to by all stakeholders. It is very positive that equestrian activity, is deemed a non-contact, outdoor activity and therefore eligible to resume in Phase 1 in strict adherence with the Government guidelines."