Covid-19: Return to Orienteering

This page provides the Irish Orienteering Association’s plan for returning to orienteering. Last updated:25th May 2021

Please note, the Government Guidelines must be obeyed at all times, in particular those relating to travel, physical distancing and quarantining of those with symptoms. The latest guidelines are available at: https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/c36c85-covid-19-coronavirus/

21st May Update: Orienteering competitions will return on June 7th (subject to compliance with guidelines). Emails have been sent to clubs with details. Keep an eye on the fixtures list for events.

The table below shows the allowed activities at each level. A number of exceptions to the general restrictions have been made recently for Level 5. They are that it is allowed”… to take school aged children to permitted training…” . The permitted training is described as ” .. non-contact training can continue for school aged children, outdoors in pods of 15″. Full details of these exceptions are at https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/2dc71-level-5/

Covid-19 Event Guidelines and Code of Conduct

To assist in us all being able to keep orienteering safely the IOA have developed a Participant Code of Conduct and Event Guidelines. You can view/download these documents below.

Sport Ireland has issued a guideline that everyone must submit a Covid 19 Health Declaration and contact tracing details for each event. This information can be gathered when you pre-enter the event. You need to ensure that your Covid-19 Health Declaration is still valid before you arrive at the event.


Covid 19 Declaration Forms for events

For events that do not use the IOA pre-entry system a sample form if available. Contact info@orienteering.ie

Orienteering at Covid-19 Levels 1 – 5

The Government and Sport Ireland have issued guidance on activities during the Resilience and Recovery Levels. The Irish Orienteering Association are providing this information to assist Clubs and Orienteers on Orienteering at each of these levels.

At all times adhere to Social Distancing advice and Travel Advice.

The Full Text of the Document is here

Sport Ireland have provided an online Covid19 Course for returning to Sport. https://www.sportireland.ie/covid19/course


Orienteering Education Courses

The Basic Instructor course and RTGO courses can take place as outlined below.

Level 1BI and RTGO Face to Face courses as normal
Level 2BI and RTGO Face to Face courses as normal
Level 3BI and RTGO Face to Face courses completely outdoors. Participants from within the county where course is taking place.
Level 4BI and RTGO Face to Face courses completely outdoors. Participants from within the county where course is taking place.
Level 5Online courses only.