Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Questions (1032)

Pádraig O'Sullivan


1032. Deputy Pádraig O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if consideration will be given to re-opening non–commercial gyms and personal training sessions in phase two of the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business on 8 June 2020 (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6550/20]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The Government-approved Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business, and its specific phasing, is based on public health advice.  Compliance with the various requirements attaching to each phase of the Roadmap is essential to ensure continued progress against the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Friday last, I established an Expert Group on Return to Sport, which will provide guidance to the sporting bodies so that they can prepare for the phased return to sporting activity in line with the Government Roadmap for Reopening Business and Society. In this context it is necessary that each sporting body prepares a detailed protocol setting out the manner in which it proposes to achieve compliance with the restrictions applicable to each phase.

The Government has recognised the importance of sport and physical activity in the development and phasing of the Roadmap. Phase 1 of the Roadmap, which commenced on 18 May, permits certain outdoor sports and physical activities in groups of no more than 4 people, all of whom may not travel further than 5 km from their homes, and where social distancing can be maintained.