Level 3 restrictions (modified)
Update 1st December
Irish Sailing has published Level 3 restrictions (modified) as per Government guidelines which come into effect today, the main points affecting sailing activity being:
- Non-contact organised training & coaching can resume in pods of 15. This allows for mixed household crew for double handers and keelboats with crew sailing in pods.
- No sailing competition or events as per government guidelines
- Travel restrictions relaxed
During the period of Level 5 restrictions, Irish Sailing lobbied with a number of other non contact outdoor sports to allow competition to take place in levels where non contact training is allowed. We argued that for these sports we do not believe there is any increase in risk when in competition as distinct from training and coaching activities.
The response from the Chair of the sport expert group was:
“ There is a lot of merit in the proposal which you submitted. We appreciate the work that went into it and we are conscious of the frustration felt by your affiliated clubs and wider memberships.” They went on to say: “Ultimately it will be a decision for Government as to where we go to next month and how the levels might be amended. I would like to assure you that a key consideration at this time is clear communication from Government and providing a rational basis for the decisions which will be taken.”
Unfortunately it appears the Government did not accept our submission in the publication of the Level 3 (modified) restrictions, and as yet have not given us a rational basis for the decision. We will continue to seek clarity with the other outdoor non contact sports on the reasoning for not accepting the proposal in the coming days, and we will continue to pursue this submission to allow competition for outdoor non contact sport in advance of the New Year.
If you need clarity on anything, please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add them theo the FAQ Document which we will publish shortly.