Covid-19: Members Update – 4th May 2021

In a positive move, it now appears restrictions are easing quicker than anticipated in the coming weeks, following An Taoiseach’s announcement on Thursday evening.

The key easing of restrictions in the coming weeks that affect our activities are as follows:

From 10th May

  • Training may resume outdoors for adults in pods of 15.
  • Inter-county travel is permitted.

From 7th June

  • Competition may resume at Club, Regional and National level with no spectators.

The return of competitions, however, may resume much sooner after it was reported in The Irish Field on Saturday that Horse Sport Ireland is waiting the green light from the Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue for Amateur equestrian competitions to resume from 10th May.

HSI is hopeful of receiving a response tomorrow, Tuesday, and we will update our Clubs and members once we get clarification on this in due course.

We hope this update will assist our clubs and regions in preparing for the weeks and months ahead.

For the time being, all activities must be pre-approved by AIRC and organising clubs/regions must submit an AIRC Activity Notification Form at least 5 days prior to the activity taking place. This is replacing the Event Notification Form for now. Activities cannot take place if this has not been submitted to National Office.

All activities are to take place behind closed doors with no spectators attending whilst all attendees must also complete an AIRC Covid-19 Attendance Form for contact tracing and health screening purposes prior to attending any activity. If an individual has not completed the form in advance, they cannot attend the activity.

A face covering or mask must be worn at all times while unmounted and under the chin when mounted when attending an activity.

All organisers and participants must adhere to HSI and AIRC Covid-19 protocols at all activities.

Visit our Covid-19 Information Hub for further information.

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