All Kids Activities and Classes reinstated in Level 3 Restrictions

All Kids Activities and Classes reinstated in Level 3 Restrictions

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Carol McNally started this petition to Department of Health Ireland

Under Level 3 restrictions hundreds of children’s activities and classes are not allowed to take place while the headline sports such as GAA, Rugby and Soccer are still allowed to continue.  Thousands of children who don’t play these main sports have been overlooked and haven’t been able to attend the activity and class they love to do every week.  Level 3 has been in effect from mid-September in Dublin and early October for the rest of the country and all this time kids nationwide have been missing out on the activity they love to do every week be it swimming, Irish dancing, ballet, dancing, martial arts and so much more besides.  As a voice for Kids Activity Providers nationwide, we believe with strict social distancing and appropriate COVID safety measures in place our classes are as safe as any other activity allowed under Level 3 across all sports and activities.

Now a days kids are involved in so many different activities outside of the mainstream sports. For a child to have an activity they love to do outside of school is so important. Not only does it increase their physical activity but it can boost self-esteem and improve overall emotional well-being. Parents make sacrifices and decisions for their children to attend these classes because they want to give them more opportunities and ways to express themselves. If what a child loves to do happens to be ballet, taekwondo or swimming for example, they have been deprived of this for weeks now and will continue to be for many more weeks and months if we are unable to run kids classes under Level 3 restrictions.

Additionally, most of these classes are operated by 100’s of small/micro/family business owners. For many it is our sole source of income. Like so many this income has been decimated in 2020 and will continue to be into 2021 if classes are not permitted under Level 3.  We also employ hundreds of teachers and other support staff that are now unfortunately out of work with no indication of when we might be able to take them back. Our biggest fear as employers is that these talented, dedicated, gifted teachers will leave our employ to find more stable work in an industry/job less impacted by COVID -19 related business closures. We are also facing the stark reality that many of our businesses may never recover from these prolonged closures.  While we know all businesses have been devastated by the impact of COVID 19 enforced closures we feel we are an unheard voice in the community and feel the time to come together is now.

There has been much talk that when we come out of Level 5 in 6 weeks we will be put back into Level 3. This is little comfort to hundreds of activity providers who are now facing a reality where they might not get to run a class until next year at the earliest and for all those children who won’t get to do the thing they love until then as well. This is why we need to band together now to secure our position and have our classes reinstated in Level 3.

As Kids Activity Providers, providing an environment that is SAFE for our kids to enjoy their favourite activity is paramount.  No less so than now as we operate within COVID 19 safety measures.

Please support our cause to get kids back to activities they love, our teachers back doing with they love to do and to save the future of our businesses. 

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