Because playing a rugby game is not restricting your movement and avoiding social situations.The Doc wrote: ↑July 22nd, 2020, 11:30 amHow does it not comply with current guidelines....
HSE wrote: Most people who arrive in Ireland from another country need to restrict their movements for 14 days.
Irish citizens coming home
people with no symptoms
people who have tested negative for the virus in another country
Restricting your movements means staying at home and avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible.
use public transport
meet face-to-face with anyone who is at higher risk from coronavirus
go to the shop unless absolutely necessary - wear a face covering if you do
You can travel to where you plan to restrict your movements. But avoid using public transport if possible. Ask a relative or household member to collect you when you arrive in Ireland. Household members who were not travelling with you do not need to restrict their movements.McCann Fitzgerald legal advice wrote: If an international passenger’s stay in the State will be for less than 14 days, the residence at the specified temporary “place of residence” is to be for the entire duration of the person’s stay in the State.
It also absolutely definitely involves doing two of the 'do nots'.
'Do not visit others,' being the blindingly obvious one.
'Do not meet face-to-face with anyone who is at higher risk from coronavirus to you,' given the different health issues affecting rugby players (e.g. those with asthma) and the different age levels of match officials.
So, what you are in favour of is an exception. And I would support you in that.
However, I don't think that rugby should be the top priority for exceptions. I believe family visits, for example, should certainly take preference.
I am also pretty sure the general public does not agree with easing travel restrictions, because they have not even been presented with it as an option yet.
It is pretty clear that rugby players travelling to Ireland from a high-risk region like England, to play a rugby game, in which they will be in close physical and social contact with at least 24 members of the Irish public, pose a greater risk than many other potential visitors to the country.
If I socially isolate for two weeks before visiting Ireland from south Brussels, a region with far lower infection rates than most English regions, I am far less of a risk...but I am expected to observe the guidelines.