Covid Procedures - Republic of Ireland

Inline Hockey Ireland has put together this document to give clear instructions to teams and players on how game days will operate in the Republic of Ireland in light of the Covid-19 situation. We are committed to a safe continuation of competitive inline hockey and believe the procedures outlined will help ensure any risks are minimised. It is imperative that all comply and take responsibility to maintain hygiene and social distance where applicable. Any teams that fail to comply with the procedures will be disciplined accordingly. 

Self Isolation/Symptoms

Persons must not attend if:

  • Have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 10 days;
  • They are awaiting a Covid-19 test result due to having symptoms; or,
  • Have been instructed to self-isolate as a result of a close contact with someone with Covid-19 or returning from a red list country.

If a team is heavily affected by Covid-19, potential contacts or local lockdowns allowances will be in place to postpone games.

All persons should monitor any symptoms up to 7 days after the game day.

  • Should any Covid-19 symptoms arise the person should inform their team manager who in turn should notify the league management team.
  • The person should arrange to get a Covid-19 test; if it returns positive contact tracing will then be carried out.


Entry Requirements

All attendees will be required to show their COVID Certificate (COVID pass) for entry to the venue. This is to comply with government regulations requiring all attendees for indoor sports events to be fully vaccinated or recovered from Covid in the last 180 days.

An exception to this requirement is players participating in underage divisions (Under 18, Under 15, Under 13). It should be noted however that coaches and parents will still require COVID Certificate for entry.

All players regardless of age participating in senior divisions will require COVID Certificate for entry.

Acceptable proof as follows:


Antigen Test/Laterflow Test

We are encouraging all attendees, even if fully vaccinated, to undertake an antigen test/laterflow test the morning of or the evening before a game day. Rapid Lateral flow tests provide a result within 30 minutes at home.

If a person returns a positive result they must not attend the game day and should seek a PCR test and self-isolate as necessary.


Team Lists

Team managers are responsible for ensuring that team lists are up-to-date and attendance accurately recorded. These will serve as contact tracing for team staff & players.


Spectators

Competition in the interim will be returning to behind closed doors i.e. no spectators. One parent or guardian per underage player will be permitted to attend. 

All parents/guardians must fill in The Rink’s Covid Track & Trace form, which can be found here.


People allowed to enter the venue:

  • Registered players
  • Registered team staff
  • Match officials
  • Venue staff
  • Parents/guardians of underage players

Attendance lists will be used by Covid Officers to determine who can/cannot enter. 



Face Coverings

Face coverings are mandatory for anyone aged 13 or older and should be worn at all times (including while changing), except when playing;, unless you are eating/drinking, or exempt.


Be Distance Aware

We ask that you are respectful of others around and keep your distance from other people as you move through the venue. Whilst the requirement for social distancing has been removed whilst playing & spectating, distancing is still required in certain areas around the venue, including at toilets.


Sanitisation and Cleaning

We ask that you sanitise your hands on arrival and regularly wash and sanitise your hands throughout your visit. The Rink will have enhanced cleaning before and after game days and additional cleaning during the event.


Changing

  • Teams will only be allowed access to the venue 30 minutes prior to their game.
  • If planning to conduct an off-court warm up players should come ready in appropriate attire and be prepared to carry out outside.
  • Teams and officials will be assigned a changing area for the day.
    • Participants MUST stick to their allocation.
    • Players should plan to minimise their time spent in changing areas.
    • Equipment maintenance should  be done at home.
    • Players should be aware of the capacity of changing areas (number of chairs set out).
    • It may arise that some players will need to wait while other players change before they change.
    • There is to be no nudity outside of the changing areas.
  • Once changed ready for your game all bags, personal belongings, etc. must be left tidily in your assigned area.
  • Showering
    • There will be access to showers at this time.
    • Persons must observe the capacities in place of the shower area.
    • Persons should only shower when they are finished for the day i.e. no showering between games.
  • Changing rooms must be left spotless at the end of each day.


Gameplay

  • Teams should only enter the rink when invited to do so by game officials.
  • All players and staff must enter through the double doors of the rink, not via the scorekeeper area.
    • Only select individuals should enter the scorekeeping area; scorekeeper & officials.
  • Teams will be given league pucks to warm up with.
    • These should be ‘knocked’ back to the scorekeeping area at the end of the warmup.
  • Gameplay will occur as normal and there are no restrictions in that regard.
  • Participants should have their own water/drinks bottle that is clearly marked.
  • At the conclusion of the game there will be no handshakes:
    • Players should perform a ‘stick salute’ or similar to show thanks to the opposition and match officials.
  • Team captains/managers & officials are reminded to sign gamesheets at the conclusion of each game.
Covid Officer(s)
Covid Officer(s) will again be assigned to each gameday. Their role is to ensure compliance with the regulations and procedures in place, helping to minimise the risks of virus spreading. These persons should be familiar with the current government regulations and IHI procedures in place.

Their duties on the day include:
  • Ensuring appropriate sanitisation stations setup;
  • Ensuring only appropriate people enter the venue;
  • Checking the covid certificates of people entering the venue;
  • Reminding persons to wear a face covering as outlined.



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