As the island of Ireland continues high-level Covid -19 restrictions, the NI Executive Restrictions for a circuit breaker from 12.01am (early) on 27th November 2020 have now had some clarification. The COVID-19 Working Group have put together a list of questions and answers to continue to assist clubs in NI.

We are in continuous communication with Sport Northern Ireland for the latest updates and clarification to ensure we as a sport continue to operate within the guidelines laid down by the relevant authorities.

At Rowing Ireland, our number one priority at this time is the health and safety of all our members. We ask all our Affiliated Clubs and registered members to continue to observe the guidelines during these unprecedented times.

We must play our part in reducing the R number throughout the island.

We are all Rowing Ireland.

Rowing Ireland Covid-19 protocols for NI Affiliated Clubs (includes school and university clubs)

Frequently asked questions:

FAQ’sQuestionAnswerReasoning (Information Resource)
1Can rowers train in crew boats?NoUnless ‘Elite’.
2Can rowers travel to clubs?No.Rowers can only travel where this is essential.
3Can individual rowers go out in sculls from the club/ school/ university?No Individual outdoor exercise is allowed but not at clubs.
4Can club/ school/ university boathouses remain open?NoClub facilities for indoor and outdoor exercise, to remain closed. 
5Can Gyms with plenty of room and ventilation be used while maintaining social distancing and apply strict sterilization protocols?NoGyms are to remain closed.
6Can more than one group of 10 train outdoors at the same time?NoThere is to be no group activity at clubs.
7Can events for non-elite athletes take place?NoThe limitations on organised indoor and outdoor gatherings make it impossible to hold any Head of the River/ time trial, indoor rowing or similar organised events at this time.
8Does our club need to keep contact details of parents/ carers attending sessions?YesA log of all people attending club sites, with contact information for contact tracing purposes should be recorded to enable contact tracing, should it be required. 
9Should our club have a COVID-19 Compliance Officer?YesDesignating COVID compliance officers is useful to help with coordination of risk mitigation actions.

Any club or group that is not in a position to apply these measures or enforce them should remain closed.