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Here's How to Plan Your Sports Facility's Reopening After Lockdown.

Posted on December 8, 2020 in Bookapitch Blog

Here’s how to plan your sports facility’s reopening as Ireland and England exit lockdown.

COVID-19 has certainly thrown off everyone’s plans – even those of your sports facilities! The last few weeks have seen a change in restrictions across the UK and Ireland. Get familiar with the new changes here and how they may impact your local sports facilities.

Training for Outdoor Sports Has Returned

With the latest UK and Ireland restrictions, both areas are permitting a return to outdoor sport. From December 1st in Ireland, non-contact training may take place outdoors for pods of up to 15 individuals.

The UK’s new tiered system is operating on a regional basis depending on the amount of cases in each area. However, in all three tiers outdoor sports are permitted to return.

Some Competitive Sports are Back
In England, elite athletes are permitted to return to competitive sport training and matches. In tier 1 areas, a maximum of 4,000 fans will be permitted at outdoor events. Tier 2 venues can have. A maximum of 2,000 spectators, but none in tier 3. There will be a maximum of 1,000 spectators in indoor sporting venues in tiers one and two, with capacity for all venues being reduced to 50%.

Across Ireland, specific professional and elite sports may return to competition. These include certain inter-county Gaelic games, approved equestrian events, and approved greyhound and horse racing events.

Gyms, leisure centres, and pools can reopen.

In Ireland, gyms, leisure centres, and pools are permitted to reopen for individual training only. These facilities are all permitted to reopen in England, with reduced capacity measures in place.

For more COVID-19 resources, head to the NHS website in England and the HSE website in Ireland.

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