Agencies and organisations involved in the delivery and promotion of outdoor amenities have welcomed the recognition of the importance of the outdoor recreation in Phase 1 of the Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business.
Outdoor recreation plays an important role in supporting the physical and mental wellbeing of society and people are encouraged to enjoy the outdoors while adhering to Government protocols and public health guidelines.
One significant change in Phase 1 means that from May 18th, people can exercise using outdoor public amenities – either on their own or in a group of no more than 4 people – where social distancing can be maintained and where there is no contact with other people.
As part of a phased reintroduction of opportunities to be active in the outdoors, and recognising the over-riding principles of the Government’s Roadmap, a nationwide approach to participating in outdoor recreation has been adopted.
Agencies and organisations are advising members of the public to:
- Follow Government protocols and public health guidelines
- Stay local and within a 5km radius of your home for exercise
- Exercise with members of your household or a maximum of 3 people from outside your household
- Observe physical distancing by keeping at least 2 metres apart
- Park legally and responsibly if driving to outdoor amenities
- Keep dogs on a lead at all times
- Respect the natural environment and dispose of waste properly
The outdoors is a valuable amenity for all members of society to enjoy. People are encouraged to take personal responsibility and adhere to the spirit of the guidance so that the outdoors remains accessible to all for the duration of restrictions.
For more information on being active in the outdoors, visit:
Sport Ireland Outdoors: www.sportireland.ie/outdoors
Forest Recreation : www.coillte.ie
National Parks: www.npws.ie
Heritage Sites: www.opw.ie
Leave No Trace Ireland : www.leavenotraceireland.org
Inland Waterways: www.waterwaysireland.org
Beach Information: www.beaches.ie