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From 15th September 2021:
Updated Covid 19 Guidance
Now that the majority of restrictions previously in place regarding Covid-19 have been relaxed, we want to summarise our guidance regarding the remaining regulations and how they may impact on members of the sports and recreation community. We recognise the great amount of good work done previously by clubs and organisations on reducing Covid transmission and want to ensure the benefit is not lost by relaxing the mitigation measures that reflect the Health messaging for continued vigilance.
Key Areas of Responsibilities
There are still a number of key areas of responsibilities which anyone organising events should comply with across a number of headings:
We have extracted the most relevant passages from the current Health regulations below – we have included any sections covering activities likely to occur within premises in the sports sector.
It is now mandatory to wear a face covering:
Places and premises where the Face Coverings Regulations explicitly do not require face coverings to be mandatory
Indoor Gatherings – Visitor Information
There is no limit on the number of people that can gather indoors. The maximum number of people that can gather indoors will be determined by a risk assessment that must be carried out by the person responsible for organising or operating the gathering. The responsible person must take all reasonable measures to limit the risk of transmission of the coronavirus.
A person responsible for:
Requirements in relation to Visitor and Attendee Information
A person responsible for:
Is required to:
Requirements in relation to social distancing
A person responsible for the organisation or operation of a relevant place or relevant hospitality venue must take reasonable measures to ensure that employees or visitors to such a place (but not including persons dancing at an event to celebrate a wedding or a civil partnership), comply with social distancing measures at all times. “Social distance” means one metre in a relevant hospitality venue and in a relevant place.
A “Relevant Place” is:
(a) the indoor premises of a business or a members’ club which sells or provides food or drink (whether or not including intoxicating liquor) for consumption on the premises and which is permitted to operate in accordance with restrictions on licenced and unlicenced premises but not including premises which are specified in an occasional licence granted under article 30 of the Licensing (Northern Ireland) Order 1996; and which are wholly or mainly outdoors; (
The responsible person is required to:
Where it is not reasonably practicable for social distancing to be maintained, social distancing measures require a relevant person to take reasonable steps to ensure that—
The maximum number of people who may gather outdoors is also determined by a risk assessment carried out by the person responsible for the gathering. The responsible person must take all reasonable measures to limit the risk of transmission of the coronavirus. A risk assessment is not required if 30 people or less are attending the outdoor gathering
Other Key Areas for Consideration
There are a number of areas not explicitly covered by regulations which should be considered when running sporting ecvents.
When sharing transport eg private car when travelling to and from venues, it is important to maintain a flow of clean air though the vehicle. Ideally by opening windows back and front.
Take all reasonable steps to ensure sanitiser provision continues and adequate ventilation arrangements are in place. Ensure that proper circulation arrangements are in place and continue to be observed to minimise the risk of transmission. Encourage players to minimise the time spent in shower/changing areas and that these are frequently cleaned. Sanitisation of all shared equipment after use is recommended.
It is advisable to keep full records of all those participating in training and matches, including coaches and ancillary staff. There are Apps available for this purpose.
Clubs and organisations should ensure they have clear protocols in place both within their own structure and with their Governing Body to ensure a rapid response to any Covid cases, enabling timely appropriate action and communication. Governing Bodies should by now have guidance in place and nominated individuals available who can provide guidance.