Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Questions (1272)

Gary Gannon


1272. Deputy Gary Gannon asked the Minister for Health if non-contact training outdoors can take place under level 5 restrictions; if so, if children can travel outside the 5km limit to attend; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32870/20]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

On Tuesday 15 September the Government published ‘Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19’. This Plan outlines our medium-term strategy for COVID-19 and sets out a Framework of 5 Levels which outline the broad measures which will apply depending on the level of the virus at any given time. The Plan is designed to help everyone – individuals, families, organisations and sectors – to better understand, anticipate and prepare for the measures that might be introduced to contain transmission of the virus.

At Level 5 of the Plan, non-contact training can continue for school aged children, outdoors in pods of 15.

While people are asked to stay at home and exercise within 5km of home at Level 5, exemptions are permitted in a number of situations including to take school aged children to permitted training.

Further guidance is available from Sport Ireland: https://www.sportireland.ie/news/return-to-sport-expert-group-issues-guidance-to-sports-sector

Details of Level 5 measure are available here: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/2dc71-level-5/