The NI Executive has today announced that:
From 1st April 2021 the regulations will change to permit 10 people from two households to undertake outdoor sporting activities as defined in the regulations. This allows sports such as golf and tennis to resume from this date in small groups of individuals from two households, however club houses and sport facilities including changing rooms, showers, kitchens, meeting rooms must remain closed apart from essential toilet facilities. Therefore, hockey training and competition at all levels (with the exemption of elite level training) will not be permitted.
The Executive also agreed an indicative date of 12th April 2021 for ‘Allowing for sports training to resume by sports clubs affiliated with recognised Governing Bodies, in small groups of up to 15 people but with all indoor spaces closed except for essential toilet facilities’. These relaxations planned for April 12 will be subject to Executive ratification in the week after the Easter weekend.
Ulster Hockey awaits the publication of the regulations and will advise clubs of the requirements for a return to hockey – if permitted on the 12th April – as soon as we are in a position to do so.