This is very welcome news and follows on from engagement with the Minister of Communities, who has continued to be an advocate for sport and outdoor activity
Our understanding is that this will include further easing
of restrictions for boating activity, namely around venue access. We
still await the issuing of the Regulations and guidance from the Department to
understand implications across the boating community in full. We have
summarised the announcement below and will issue full guidance as soon as
Below is a summary of the position as we understand it:
Regulations are yet to be laid in order to confirm venues etc that may reopen
from 1st April.
the absence of the Regulations, we understand that affiliated boat clubs will be able to
reopen outdoor facilities from 1st April, however, there will be stringent protocols required, including very limited numbers.
Sailing, Windsurfing, Powerboating as individual, single household/
bubble recreational activity will be permitted from 1 April.
- Activity with 2 different households is permitted only where 2
metres social distancing can be adhered to at all times and with a maximum 10
DfC will be briefing NGBs in coming days of the phases for Outdoor Sports,
including more detailed guidance.
current sub-phases under Step 2 will move from recreational through to training
and potentially competition.
received, RYANI will be working to create guidance for clubs, centres and the
wider boating community and we will share this as soon as practically possible.
Although this announcement is welcome and further details
are to follow, our current guidance remains in place, where club and
other watersports facilities must remain closed.
We appreciate this will raise a large number of questions
and will work to ensure appropriate guidance is issued at the earliest possible
opportunity in order to allow you to make informed decisions.
From April 1, the regulations will change to:
Permit 10 people from two households to undertake
outdoor sporting activities as defined in the regulations. This allows
sports such as golf and tennis to resume from this date in small groups of
individuals from two households, however club houses and sport facilities
including changing rooms, showers, kitchens, meeting rooms must remain
closed apart from essential toilet facilities.
The Executive also agreed an indicative date of April 12
Allowing for sports training to resume by sports clubs
affiliated with recognised Governing Bodies, in small groups of up to 15
people but with all indoor spaces closed except for essential toilet