Tennis Ireland has welcomed the confirmation that Tennis can reopen for play in the Republic of Ireland on a restricted or recreational basis in the first phase of the Government’s roadmap for the easing of Covid-19 restrictions from May 18th.
A draft protocol on the safe resumption of restricted play has been prepared with engagement with Sport Ireland over recent weeks and this will be finalised in the coming days, in consultation with the Government and medical experts.
Clear advice to clubs will then be issued well in advance of their planned partial reopening on 18 May.
The advice will emphasise the absolute necessity of tennis clubs adhering to the terms of the protocol for safe play.
Tennis Ireland and the Ulster Branch will continue to engage with the U.K. authorities and the Northern Ireland Executive to seek the safe resumption of Tennis for our clubs in Northern Ireland.
“Tennis Ireland welcomes the Taoiseach’s confirmation that our clubs can reopen on a restricted basis in the first phase of the Government’s plan to ease the Covid-19 restrictions,” said Richard Fahey, Tennis Ireland CEO.
“Tennis along with golf will be one of the first sports to resume and will give our club members the opportunity to return to play on a limited but safe basis.”
“However, this decision brings with it a great responsibility and we will work with our clubs to ensure that they are fully prepared for reopening so that their members and the local community can play and remain safe.”
“Our sport provides a valuable outlet for healthy physical activity which can be enjoyed with the appropriate safety measures in place.”
“I would like to thank the Irish Tennis community for their patience and for putting the health of their communities and fellow members first during this crisis and would urge them to continue to strictly adhere to the protocols for safe Tennis which will be finalised shortly and to continue to follow the public health advice of the Government and health authorities.”
“Many of our members are frontline workers and we wish to acknowledge the tremendous efforts being made by them since Covid-19 arrived on our shores and whose great work over the last months has made it possible for our sport to return, albeit on a limited basis initially.”
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