Latest Return to Play guidelines approved by government
June 29, 2020
The government has approved Basketball Ireland's latest Return to Sport guidelines, as basketball resumed on Monday. Basketball Ireland’s ‘Return to Play’ group met over the weekend and has issued updated protocols, which have been given the green light by government’s Expert Group on Return to Sport.
Up to 50 people can now gather indoors and 200 outdoors, however the RTP group is advising that smaller group sessions will reduce risk.
Clubs are reminded that everyone who attends a training session or game is to be screened before entering the venue and their attendance documented, with contact details required for contact-tracing, should a suspected case of Covid-19 arise.
No changing room facilities are to be used by clubs before training sessions, with participants changed and ready to train when they arrive. Within a club environment everyone has to train with their own ball, which has previously been disinfected. Basketball rules apply within the training environment, however maintenance of the 2-metre distancing rule is still in place for non-participants.
Match action may resume during phase 3-4 with two match balls for the game, one wiped down as the game continues. There are some alterations to match protocols, such as substitutions can now occur directly from the bench, with no need to go to the score table.
A full breakdown of the new guidelines can be found on Basketball Ireland’s updated Basketball Ireland Return to Sport Covid Safety Statement.pdf, which will also be posted on the website of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.
Basketball Ireland Board Director and Chair of the ‘Return to Play’ group, Charles Higgins said: “We are delighted that the government’s Expert Group on Return to Sport has approved our guidelines. The ‘Return to Play’ group has been working hard to ensure we can a safe resumption of our sport. There is great excitement to be getting back on court, but I would urge the basketball community to continue to adhere to the protocols outlined by Basketball Ireland and the government.“
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