Sports clubs that are permitted to return to training from Monday must keep an electronic log of all those who attend for potential contact tracing purposes.

On Friday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced that high-performance athletes and teams can return to training from Monday.

As part of the phased easing of coronavirus travel restrictions, athletes and support staff from 21 different sports will be permitted to travel beyond 20km from their homes to attend scheduled training sessions at designated facilities.

The taoiseach also said that groups of no more than 15 could train together outdoors from 8 June.

The Return to Sport Expert Group, which met on Wednesday, has said: "Fitness activities and classes that are held in an organised and controlled manner can be undertaken outdoors only from the beginning of Phase 2, on the basis that the group concerned does not exceed 15 people, including coaches and trainers, that social distancing can be maintained, that there is no contact, and that the people concerned had not travelled beyond the permitted limits."

The group also emphasised that "training matches, friendlies, competitive fixtures or competitions in individual or team sport" are not permitted during this phase.

The FAI confirmed that aside from the four European qualified clubs, no resumption of training would be permitted before 15 June, while the GAA yesterday released its roadmap, which will see training grounds closed until 29 June.

Cricket and hockey are among the sports that have been permitted to return in Phase 2, which excludes the use of indoor sporting facilities, showers and changing rooms.

The group said organisers of sport and fitness activities need to keep "an electronic record of all participants for all sessions, with contact details" for Covid-19 tracking purposes.

Organisers should also consult other official sources, such as the HSE, for further information. 

Expert Group on Return to Sport Guidance for Outdoor Sports and Fitness

  • In advance of the activity, participants should be asked to travel to the activity venue alone or with members of the same household. Sharing transport is not advised in this phase of the roadmap.
  • Encourage participants not to congregate at the beginning or end of the activity. Ask participants to arrive as close as possible to the activity start time, or to wait in their cars until the activity begins.
  • Participants should be asked to bring their own water bottles, towels and where possible personal equipment, and instructed not to share these with others. Personal equipment should only be shared with people from the same household.
  • Participants should be asked to wash hands on arrival, if possible, or to use hand sanitiser. If it is not possible to provide hand sanitiser at your location, participants should be asked to bring their own hand sanitiser with them.
  • Individual equipment provided to participants should be cleaned and sanitised before and after each activity session. It is recommended that time is scheduled between sessions to enable thorough cleaning and sanitisation to be conducted.
  • Sharing of equipment should be avoided wherever possible, as it is generally not permitted in this phase. If absolutely necessary, equipment should be cleaned and sanitised between use.
  • Participants should be spaced appropriately to maintain a minimum 2-metre physical distancing throughout the activity. Depending on the nature of the activity, it may be necessary to leave more space between participants.
  • Participants should be encouraged to adopt good respiratory hygiene, covering their nose and mouth when they cough or sneeze, and using a tissue which is immediately disposed of. Further guidance on hygiene and social distancing is available from www.hse.ie/covid19
  • All participants should be advised to stay home if they feel unwell, and to consult their GP. If a participant becomes unwell during the activity, they should be isolated from other participants and return home as soon as possible.

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