NPHET Advice

NPHET Advice to government regarding Phase 3 & 4 [public health checklist)

In recommencing all remaining Community, Religious, Cultural, Social and Sport amenities and events organisations, business owners, groups, associations and others should carry out a Risk Assessment of the nature of their service, business or activity, the particular risks associated with the service, and activities within the overall service, and how they could mitigate those risks for their customers, attendees, participants, and staff.

Using the Public Health Checklist–

Distance:

Arrangements to ensure physical distancing as much as possible including, where appropriate: controlled entry; advanced purchased ticketing; assigned seating; record-keeping of visitors/ service users for contact tracing etc.;

Activity & Time:

Depending on the nature of the amenity, venue or event, the extent and duration of interaction between groups of people may vary.

Arrangements should be implemented to enable hand hygiene, minimise close contact and the duration of contact between people, (e.g. organise shorter events, staggered attendance hours to limit crowds or designated teams that always engage in activity together to avoid random mixing of people, extend distancing, move activities outdoors). It is particularly noteworthy that the risk of droplet transmission/aerosol emission may be greater in some circumstances, including:

  1. in relation to sports and physical activities: in high intensity exercise and direct contact sports.
  2. in relation to group singing and certain group brass and woodwind musical instrument playing.

Environment

Outdoor events should continue to be encouraged over indoor events and organisers should specifically plan for weather conditions and ensure that planned outdoor events do not inadvertently become overcrowded indoor events. For indoor events, effective ventilation and cleaning of premises, especially of communal areas, shared equipment, sports changing rooms, shower areas (if applicable). Particular risk assessment is required for those facilities with changing room and shower areas, saunas, steam rooms, hot tubs and non-chlorinated indoor baths etc., these will require particular cleaning, effective ventilation and supervision. All facilities opening, which may have been closed for some time, will need to assess the risk of and protect against the emergence of Legionnaire’s disease.

Indoor gatherings of up to 50 people when conducted in line with public health advice are permissible.

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