Further to recent government announcements, we are expecting some return to outdoor sports from 26 April. After extensive discussions between the ICTSA and Sport Ireland, the following guidelines for the first stage of reopening our sport have been agreed.
Outdoor Shooting grounds and clubs only can reopen from Monday 26th April for members only;
Shooters must only travel from within their county or within 20km of their home to shoot.
In the initial phase, the Irish Government have decided that participants in sport and exercise activity must be from no more than two households. Therefore, groups shooting together during this initial phase must be from a maximum of two households. This restriction should be applied as follows:
Only members from two households should be on any one sporting stand at a time (ESP or FITASC)
Only members from two households should be on a skeet, DTL, ABT or Compak layout at any one time
Sport Ireland and the Expert Group on Sport have stipulated in their sectoral guidance regarding the sports that are resuming on 26th April that no formal competitions should be organised or promoted by clubs in the initial phase of reopening, and therefore shooting is limited to practice only.
Practice times should be booked online
No organised social gatherings, of any size, are permitted at shooting facilities. All shooting activities should be organised based on "arrival-play-depart without delay" basis.
Clubhouse access should be confined to:
use of toilet facilities,
initial collection (and subsequent return) of shooting equipment and ammunition,
All cafes and restaurants, including bars, should only offer takeaway or delivery (please consult www.gov.ie for details)
Obviously all of the standard social distancing and other precautions should be adhered to at all times.
Thank you for your patience and continued adherence to the rules as we return to some form of normality.