We know this is a hugely challenging time for the sport and physical activity sector as the world deals with the Covid-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, everything must be done to encourage people to stay active, despite current restrictions, and the holiday season is no exception.
There are many programmes available to young people across the country, but there are also certain rules that need to be adhered to in these uncertain times. Regarding masks, for instance, children are to wear them on entry and exit, although children under six do not have to wear a mask. If the sports activity is high intensity, masks may be removed as long as a two-metre distance is maintained. Coaches must wear masks at all times.
The correct coach to child ration will be upheld for all activities, such as 1:4 for football coaching or five-a-side games, 1:4 for tennis, and 1:8 for cricket.
In addition, temperatures will be taken upon arrival and throughout the day, with children of over 37.5 being denied entry. Naturally, enhanced cleaning schedules are in place at all approved venues too, with all equipment being sanitised regularly. Children will also be encouraged to wash their hands regularly and make use of hand sanitiser, which is always available and clearly signposted. Indeed, there is signage in place throughout all venues to remind everyone present of the various safety measures.
Gareth Mordey, CEO of Infinite Sports said: “We know that this year more than ever, many families will be enjoying the winter holidays here in the UAE, and the holiday programmes are a great way to keep the kids active and engaged during the school break. We continue to follow all guidance and protocols in place by the Dubai Sports Council and the wider Dubai government. The safety of children in our programmes is of the utmost importance to us and we’re pleased to be running these sessions in both a fun and safeguarded environment. The team at Dubai Sports Council has been very helpful throughout the Covid-19 pandemic with clear guidance in place to make sure we are doing everything we can to keep our community safe.”
This holiday is a little different, but there is still a lot of fun to be had. It just requires following a few simple rules and using common sense, including remaining socially distanced at all times. Follow all of the government guidelines, and you can’t go wrong!