Wednesday, 20 May 2020
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
861. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if a submission submitted by an organisation (details supplied) has been considered; if in particular, riding schools can reopen in either phase 1 or 2 of the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business in view of the fact that social distancing rules can be adhered to and that it is an outdoor activity; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5931/20]
The submission referred to was made by Horse Sport Ireland, the centralised national body for the sport horse industry and is a submission for the industry in general and outlines the protocols and procedures that can be put in place towards an incremental resumption of equestrian activity, when current Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
On 3 May, the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business was published by Government. This plan for lifting Covid-19 restrictions has been drawn up in conjunction with a range of Departments and stakeholders including the NPHET. It is informed and guided by a public health assessment of risk and is fair and proportionate with a view to effectively suppressing the spread of COVID-19 disease while enabling the gradual return of social and economic activity.
All businesses considering re-opening should ensure that they comply with the Return to Work Safely Protocol issued by the Government.