Northern Ireland Judo Federation COVID-19 update following recent Northern Ireland Executive announcement.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be an extremely difficult situation in Northern Ireland and we are all aware the effects of the virus will continue to be felt in our lives for a long time to come.

We must all work together to ensure our sport resumes in a responsible way and only when it is safe to do so.

 

The Northern Ireland Executive has just released their 5 stage plan for moving out of lock-down but the guidelines at present remain as ‘Stay at Home’. It is unclear when we can make a return to our beloved sport but it is clear that we cannot return just yet.

Northern Ireland Judo wish to reassure our members, coaches and clubs that we are working closely with our affiliate body, the British Judo Association and Sport Northern Ireland on developing guidelines on when and how we can return to Judo.

 

Any premature return to Judo before these guidelines are produced will mean that you as a Northern Ireland Judo Federation member and all clubs are not insured.

 

For the sake of our sport here in Northern Ireland it is imperative that we wait until the British Judo Association has endorsed our return to Judo but also only when the Northern Ireland Executive has permitted our return in their staged plan.

 

We are aware that other countries have produced advice on returning to Judo but these do not apply to Northern Ireland Judo, other countries may not be on the same timeline of progression through COVID-19 as we are.

We would like to reassure you that we continue to support our members, clubs, coaches and athletes as best we can at this difficult time.

The Northern Ireland Judo office remains open remotely and all general enquires can still be made via email admin@nijudo.com

 

Please continue to follow the Northern Ireland Executive and Department of Health guidelines on COVID-19.

 

Further help can be found at:

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/sites/default/files/publications/OUR_APPROACH_DOCUMENT_SUMMARY_12-05-2020.pdf

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/coronavirus-covid-19

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-taking-care-your-mental-health-and-wellbeing