SAFER RETURN TO PLAY FOR ALL CLUBS
Published: Monday, July 27th 2020

SAFER RETURN TO PLAY FAQ

DO WE NEED TO HAVE A COVID-19 COMPLIANCE OFFICER AT EVERY

GAME?

A home team’s COVID-19 Compliance Officer must attend every home fixture, check that

the FAI Safer Return to Play Protocol is observed and maintain a full record of attendance for

contact tracing purposes. The away team COVID-19 officer is not compelled to attend the

fixture but must be provided with a list of the travelling attendees to keep on record for

contact tracing purposes.

WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DO NOT HAVE A COMPLIANCE OFFICER PRESENT

FOR A HOME GAME?

If the Match Official feels that they, the players, or coaching staff are at risk in proceeding

with the fixture, they are not compelled to officiate the fixture. Otherwise, the Match Official

should proceed with the fixture, in agreement with both teams, and report the matter to the

League thereafter. The League can then address the matter directly with the club in question.

ARE TEAM PHOTOGRAPHS ALLOWED?

No, team photographs are strictly prohibited. HSE guidelines and the FAI’s Safer Return to

Play Protocol state that 2 metres social distancing is strictly adhered to wherever possible.

WHAT ARE THE GUIDELINES FOR SPECTATORS WHO WISH TO ATTEND

GAMES?

Attendances at all outdoor sporting activities are subject to HSE Guidelines with the current

maximum limit set at 200 to include all players, coaching and medical staff, match officials,

match operations staff, club officials and spectators. Clubs must ensure that spectators strictly

adhere to the 2 metres social distancing rule.

The home team’s COVID-19 officer must ensure that their team’s attendees register their

contact details on entering the venue. These details are to be kept on record for four weeks for

contact tracing purposes.

The away team must supply a list of all those travelling to their own COVID-19 Compliance

Officer for contact tracing purposes. Spectators are expected to take personal responsibility

for 2 metres social distancing when they attend games.

HOW DO WE ENFORCE PROTOCOLS AND HSE GUIDELINES AROUND

GAMES?

It is the responsibility of the club’s COVID-19 officer to ensure that all criteria around

fixtures in the FAI’s Safer Return to Play Protocol are met. All attendees are expected to

comply with the Protocol procedures and are reminded of their personal responsibility in this

regard.

IS A CLUB ALLOWED TAKE CONTACT DETAILS FROM MINORS UNDER

GDPR?

Current government guidelines allow a club’s COVID-19 officer or other officials to gather

the contact data required for contact tracing purposes. This information must be retained for

four weeks for contact tracing purposes. Please refer to the HSE Guidelines, available and

regularly updated here

https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/

WHAT IF A CLUB MEMBER COMES INTO CONTACT WITH A SUSPECTED

COVID-19 CASE?

Whilst awaiting testing outcome of a suspected case, the following are possible

considerations for a club to decide on:

I. A club stops all activities whilst awaiting the outcome of a COVID-19 test of the suspected case

or

II. A club stops all members of the same training group / team / pod from

attending the club whilst awaiting the outcome of a COVID-19 test of the

suspected case

Please also refer to the HSE Guidelines, available and regularly updated here

https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/

SHOULD WE INFORM ALL CLUB MEMBERS IF A CLUB MEMBER COMES INTO CONTACT WITH A SUSPECTED COVID-19 CASE?

Inform the club’s COVID-19 Compliance Officer first if a member reports coming into

contact with a suspected COVID-19 case. The Compliance Officer must inform the HSE who

are responsible for risk assessment and contact tracing. The privacy of the individual must be

respected in all regards in this instance. The HSE will take responsibility for all contact

tracing if a positive test is returned.

Please also refer to the HSE Guidelines, available and regularly updated here

https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/

WHAT HAPPENS IF A CLUB MEMBER INFORMS THE CLUB OF A POSITIVE TEST FOR COVID-19?

The privacy of the individual must be respected at all times. The HSE are responsible for

contact tracing in the event of a positive test. The club’s COVID-19 Com

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