COVID-19 UPDATE – November 1st

Covid Update Nov 1st 2021
Sport Ireland released updated guidance for the indoor sport sector which will remain in place until the end of February 2022 at least. 
It is clear from the guidelines that a greater range of activities is feasible where all participants provide proof of immunity to Covid-19 infection.
The board of Irish Squash wants to ensure that our sport can restart for as many people as possible both within our clubs and at competitive events.
Therefore we have agreed that for any tournament that is open to players from more than one club, all participants must provide proof of immunity to Covid-19 as a condition of entry.  This applies to all senior and masters competitions. It also applies to any junior entering into a senior event.
The situation for U12 and U18 players in junior competitions is unclear at present and Sport Ireland have requested clarification on this from the Department of Sport. Whilst awaiting this information, we cannot proceed with junior competitions listed on our calendar. We appreciate that this is a difficult situation for many people and we will provide a further update as soon as possible.
At club level, it is feasible to operate pods of up to 6 players (for training sessions at the same time or for round robin events) without the need to prove immunity to Covid-19 infection. For any player who is not immune to Covid-19, they are restricted to one squash pod only within their club and may not play in any inter-club competition.
As always, anyone who is unwell with symptoms suggestive of Covid-19 infection (whether you are vaccinated or not) should stay at home and follow public health advice regarding testing for Covid. Social distancing, mask wearing indoors and hand hygiene measures should continue to be observed.
Please check our website and social media platforms for further updates.
Rosie Barry
President Irish Squash