Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Covid-19 Pandemic

Photo of Aindrias MoynihanAindrias Moynihan (Cork North West, Fianna Fail)
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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]

Photo of Michael CreedMichael Creed (Cork North West, Fine Gael)
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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.

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