As the leisure, health & fitness sector prepares for a gradual reopening from Phase 3 (29th June), Ireland Active have today (25th June) updated their framework for safe operation document (version 3) to take into account government updates since last week’s re-opening announcement.

The Expert Group for Return to Sport have reviewed the Ireland Active Framework for Safe Operation (version 2) and are satisfied that it is in line with government requirements, subject to the subsequent indoor limits (50 people), general public health advice and ‘DATE’ checklist for Phase 3 which we have included in version 3.

Ireland Active wishes to thank Sport Ireland, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, the Expert Group for Return to Sport and Swim Ireland, who were consulted in the drafting of these operational guidelines. The framework is in line with the Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business and the Return to Work Safely Protocol. We would urge members to take a cautious approach to re-opening in Phase 3.

The framework provides detailed advice on the necessary systems to be implemented, to instil public confidence and to operate safely whilst adhering to public health advice and Government protocols. This framework is part of a host of supports we are providing our members to help the sector recover and re-open safely.

Conn McCluskey, CEO Ireland Active:

“Throughout this crisis we have been working with our members to provide them the guidance and supports they urgently need. We will continue to focus our resources on providing critical operational and business supports to ensure the re-opening of as many businesses as possible and to safeguard the viability of the leisure, health & fitness sector. The next phase of our response is recovery, re-opening and rebuilding the industry and renewing its vital contribution to keeping Ireland physically active, and healthy”.

The Framework for Operation (Version 3– which supersedes previous versions) is not intended to be exhaustive advice or legal advice. It should be read in conjunction with all updated government advice and guidelines.