BI issues updated Level 5 outdoor training guidance
April 21, 2021
From April 26th outdoor sports facilities in the Republic of Ireland can reopen and underage “non-contact” outdoor training in “pods of 15 or fewer” can recommence.
Please be advised that social distance rules, hand sanitizer, sanitization and cleaning of equipment, and masks are recommended for use by members when attending outdoor facilities.
Ensure proper separate or staggered access and egress for individuals attending.
Basketball Ireland’s ‘Return to Play’ group would remind the basketball community to monitor and adhere to the Government’s latest advice. Basketball Ireland’s ‘Return to Play Group’ has issued the following updated Level 5 guidelines for training outdoors.
- Organised Sports training/activity/exercise can do so in multiple pods once sufficient space is available and strict public health protocols are in place.
- The use of multiple pod’s is to assist with minimising the number of people in a group while acknowledging that some outdoor and indoor facilities have the capacity to cater for larger numbers of people in a safe manner and within public health guidelines. People participating in pod training can be from different households.
- The space between pods will depend on the nature, duration and intensity of the session but it should be clearly evident that the pods are independent groups not interacting with one another. At a very minimum Social Distancing of 2m between pods should be implemented.
- Depending on the frequency of activity (i.e. multiple times in a week) it may be helpful for participants to stay within the same pod.
- A coach or instructor may oversee more than one pod and should be counted in the overall numbers.
- The coach should not move freely between pods but rather oversee the activity of the pods. Social Distance.
- A coach should not work within the 2m rule in a pod, but if they do enter the pod they must be counted as one of the “Pod” and they must not leave that pod and enter another.
Essential toilet facilities may open and it is recommended that restricted access i.e. “one in one out”, should possibly be considered, to avoid close contact situations.