Badminton Ireland are continually monitoring the advice given from Sport Ireland and HSE regarding COVID-19. Please note the office will be closed and staff will be working remotely from Friday March 13th due to Covid-19. This means that there will be no staff available to take phone calls in the office. Staff will continue to respond to emails as usual and will have access to our server remotely. For staff contact details please click the following link (https://www.badmintonireland.com/news/132925/Badminton-Ireland-IMPORTANT-ANNOUNCEMENT).
Badminton Ireland has decided the following in the interest of health and safety of the badminton community and all other personnel in Ireland.
Badminton Ireland advises all clubs to cease badminton activity until the 29th of March. All activity including training should cease.
Alternative arrangements for tournaments which have been cancelled will be reviewed on a per tournament basis in the coming weeks and decisions will be communicated appropriately.
Commenting on the announcement, Badminton Ireland CEO David McGill said “While it is disappointing that all Badminton events and clubs will be impacted as a result of these new measures, public health and the safety of our members comes first. I would encourage all our members and clubs to follow any and all advice issued by Badminton Ireland and the HSE. The effectiveness of the measures announced will depend on personal responsibility and individuals complying well with the advice that has been issued”.
Following on advice from the HSE and Sport Ireland we would always ask all members to follow the following guidelines.
- Badminton Ireland encourages members to comply with social distancing as outlined by the HSE. Social distancing is keeping a 2m (6ft) space between you and other people.
- Badminton Ireland advises members to avoid mass gatherings.
- Regular hand washing.
- Covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing as part of respiratory etiquette, use the crook of your elbow to cough into.
- Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing or sneezing.
- Put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands.
- Refrain from touching eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
- Do not shake hands.
- Self-isolate: People are now being asked to stay at home if they have ‘flu-like symptoms (e.g. fever, cough, etc) regardless of travel or contact history. Please see below section for symptoms.
- Social Interactions: Reduce interactions with people as much as possible.
The most common symptoms of the virus are:
- Fever (high temperature)
- A cough - this can be any kind of cough, not just dry
- Shortness of breath
- Breathing difficulties
If you are experiencing these symptoms and are concerned you have been in contact with a person infected with COVID-19, self-isolate and contact your GP by phone. Your GP or public health doctor will assess you and decide if a test for COVID-19 is necessary. Consider the following advice on how to protect yourself from COVID-19 infection. Information for the public on COVID-19 is available at the HSE website www2.hse.ie
The control of this outbreak is dependent on each person’s actions. It is a collective problem. If we as a whole community strive to control this outbreak by practicing good hygiene and control measures (as indicated above), this virus will not rise significantly above our healthcare’s capacity. However, if we fail to abide by these controls, the number of cases in Ireland is set to rise drastically (see figure above).
Badminton Ireland understands that the above decisions will be disappointing to all members, however the governing body believes these decisions are in our members and communities’ best interests. Badminton Ireland will continue to monitor this situation as it continues to change very quickly. Badminton Ireland will issue further information as the 29th of March date approaches.
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