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Guidance on activities permissible from 12th April 2021 in Northern Ireland only

From 12th April, structured outdoor sport training for up to 15 people (including coaches) can resume in NI if organised by clubs/individuals affiliated to recognised sports
governing bodies or representative organisations for sport and physical activity. For the purposes of this guidance, recognised sports governing bodies and representative organisations for sport and physical activity is defined as:

Organisations that regulate and provide advice and guidance to their members/clubs on matters relating to sport and physical activities. These bodies/organisations
must have developed Return to Sport Covid protocols and be in a position to engage with their members on the implementation of protocols aimed at ensuring compliance from all participants.

To comply with the regulations any individual / club organising outdoor sport training needs to be able to satisfy the following criteria:

(a) they are affiliated to or have membership of a body / organisation that has oversight of the standards of their provision

(b) they have appropriate Return to Sport Covid protocols in place

The intention is to enable those who provide sports training in well-regulated environments to play their part in delivering cautious first steps in the return of
outdoor sport. Qualified providers with appropriate affiliations and protocols will be able to meet the criteria.

Please direct any questions to:

Further info


For new restrictions in the Republic of Ireland as of February 2021, PLEASE CLICK HERE


NORTHERN IRELAND – New restrictions introduced on 16 October for a four week period.

Outdoor events/activities

Under those restrictions, outdoor sporting events can take place in Northern Ireland where all participants are elite athletes.  ‘Sporting event’ is defined as a gathering for the purpose of exercise, competitive sport, recreational sport or sport training. An ‘elite athlete’ is an individual who;

  • derives a living from competing in a sport;
  • plays in a professional league or competition,
  • is a senior representative nominated by a relevant sporting body,
  • is a member of the senior training squad for a relevant sporting body, or
  • is aged 16 or above and on an elite development pathway.

This means that outdoor equestrian training, competitions, horse racing, outdoor activities at equestrian centres or riding schools where elite athletes are the participants can continue. The operator or organiser must, however, carry out a risk assessment in accordance with the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (NI) 2000, take all reasonable measures to limit transmission and follow any relevant  NI Departmental guidance.

Non-elite, non- contact outdoor sporting events can also continue provided that the relevant gatherings consist of no more than 15 persons. This means that equestrian training competitions and outdoor activities at equestrian centres or riding schools where the participants are not elite athletes can continue outdoors as long as no more than 15 participants are in attendance.

Indoor events/activities

Indoor equestrian activities/competitions at riding schools, equestrian centres or elsewhere can take place where all the participants are elite athletes. Where those activities/competitions involve more than 15 persons, an operator or organiser must carry out a risk assessment, take all reasonable measures to limit transmission and follow relevant Departmental guidance (as above).

Activities involving one non-elite individual and one coach or trainer can continue provided there is no contact between participants who are not members of the same household.



On October 7th 2020, The Government announced that all counties in Ireland are moving to Level 3 of the Plan for Living with COVID-19.


17/09/20 – Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19

Ireland is moving from a short-term emergency response approach to a medium-term approach to managing risk and repairing the damage that COVID-19 has inflicted on society.

A Framework for Restrictive Measures has been developed to help us to go about our daily lives as much as possible, while managing the behaviour of the virus.

Full details of the Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021 can be found HERE


Horse Sport Ireland would like to remind all those involved in the Equestrian community to continue to strictly adhere to Government advice on the situation in relation to COVID-19.


The Sport Ireland Institute, Olympic Federation of Ireland & Paralympics Ireland issued updated advice to High Performance Stakeholders on 7th April, 2020.

The update contains information on:

  • Face mask advice
  • COVID-19 and surfaces
  • COVID-19 clinical update
  • Return to training after COVID infection

You can view the update HERE


Latest HSE updates on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – Published: 31 March 2020
From: Department of Health     

The HSE has published a wide range of information on Coronavirus (COVID-19).

HSE Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

This information is being updated on a regular basis so please keep yourself informed and only get your information from trusted sources.

Further information on COVID-19 can be found on the HSE website HERE:

The Government has published a National Action Plan on COVID-19. You can view Ireland’s National Action Plan in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) HERE

Further information is available on the government’s COVID-19 information page.

This is a continually evolving situation in Ireland and up to date guidance can be found here:

Horse Sport Ireland encourages all Equestrian business owners, livery yards, stud farms, competition stables etc, to download the latest information posters below and display in a prominent location on your premises.

Poster Downloads

COVID-19 How to prevent coronavirus (A4 Poster) (PDF, 1.67 MB, 1 page)

COVID-19 How to prevent coronavirus (Irish) (PDF, 1.68 MB)

COVID-19 Symptoms (A4 Poster) (PDF, 1.72 MB, 1 page)

COVID-19 Symptoms (Irish) (PDF, 594 KB, 1 page)

COVID-19 Who is at risk (A4 Poster) (PDF, 1.72 MB, 1 page)

COVID-19 Who is at risk (Irish) (PDF, 588 KB, 1 page)

COVID-19 Social Distancing Outside (A3 Poster) (PDF, 806 KB, 1 page)

Hand Hygiene Poster (PDF, 135 KB, 1 page)

Hand Hygiene Poster in Irish (PDF, 137 KB, 1 page)

COVID-19 Physical Distancing Outside (Bilingual A3 Poster) (PDF, 837 KB, 2 pages)

COVID-19 Physical Distancing Max 4 (Bilingual A3 Poster) (PDF, 819 KB, 2 pages)

Coronavirus Stay at Home (A3 Poster) (PDF, 635 KB, 1 page)

Coronavirus Cocooning Poster (PDF, 609 KB, 1 page)