TTI today issues the latest update on the Return to Play Protocols, following revised guidance by Sport Ireland. In accordance with the ongoing relaxation of Government of Ireland restrictions, additional flexibility is now in place regarding space usage and hall numbers. TTI Protocols should be referenced for guidance around the sport, training space, venues and facilities, etc, while broader Government policy documents should be referenced regarding implementation of ‘pod’ and capacity restrictions. Please note that pod/capacity restrictions will continue to be eased in accordance with the laid out Government schedule, however, out of an abundance of caution, additional protocols regarding hygiene, masking, distancing and capacity requirements, including for upcoming activity, will remain on in some format in the short term, per Sport Ireland guidance.
Due to the ongoing restrictions, the 2021 Junior Classification and Senior Classification tournaments will not take place, while it is hoped to reschedule the DL Senior Open to some time after Christmas. The 2021 National Championships will take place on 23/24 October, under the age eligibilities in place for the 2020/2021 season, to ensure that players are not overly negatively impacted by a late National Championships. 2021/2022 age restrictions will take effect following the National Championships. It is hoped that a ‘regular’ season will then resume, with the next domestic event, the Ulster Open, scheduled to take place at the end of November, with Ireland teams due to take part, in November, in the Home Nations Championships, which will take place in Scotland. The National Championships entry form will issue this week.
Our National Senior Squads have already resumed activity, with the National Para Squad set to resume on Sunday 26th September and the National Junior Squad on Saturday 2nd October.
Following the removal or relaxation, in late October, of most remaining restrictions, it is expected that most leagues, competitions and other activities should be able to resume reasonably close to normal.