Northern Ireland Country Sports can continue

Today the 14th October 2020 the Northern Ireland Executive has had to take difficulty steps to try and curb the number of COVID 19 infections as they continue to rise at an alarming rate across the country.

These restrictions will come into force on Friday 16th October 2020 and will be in place for at least the next 4 weeks they include:

  • No indoor sport of any kind or organised contact sport involving household mixing other than at elite level;
  • No mass events involving more than 15 people (except for allowed outdoor sporting events where the relevant number for that will continue to apply);
  • Gyms may remain open but for individual training only with local enforcement in place;

Retail shops including firearms dealers, fishing tackle and equestrian shops will be able to remain open during this period.

As Country Sports are non contact these can continue as long as COVID 19 Protocols are in place.

Clubs and syndicates are reminded to have completed COVID 19 risk assessment and ensure members are fully aware of the COVID 19 measures in place before undertaking any activity.

CAI can provide a generic COVID 19 risk assessment to members who require it.

No-one should partake in any form of Country Sports if they have any of the symptoms associated with Covid-19 and should immediately self isolate and follow current government advice which can be found here


There is nothing in the regulations banning travel, but advice from Stormont is that “no unnecessary travel should be undertaken”.

The executive has not detailed what constitutes necessary or unnecessary travel.

The executive says people should be mindful of the risks of spreading the virus by travel, and should use their judgement when deciding whether or not to undertake a journey.

CAI understand that we must all do our part to help in the fight against this terrible disease and inline with current advise we should:

  • try to stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone you do not live with or anyone not in your support bubble
  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • wear something that covers your nose and mouth when it’s hard to stay away from people, such as in shops or on public transport
  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean



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