Pauw: Keep active but respect social distancing

Pauw: Keep active but respect social distancing

Republic of Ireland Women's Senior Team manager Vera Pauw believes it is vitally important for people to partake in some form of exercise each day during the COVID-19 situation, whilst still abiding by health guidelines.
26th Mar 2020

With the HSE advising people to maintain social distancing, Pauw says that the advice should be adhered to but that should not stop people from staying fit and getting some fresh air on a daily basis.

"It is crucial that people stay active during this period. Go out for a walk, for a run, or for a bike ride each day. As long as you keep the required distance from others then it should be okay," said Pauw.

As per HSE Advice, to slow down the spread of coronavirus you should adhere to social distancing. Social distancing is keeping a space of 2 meters (6.5 feet) between you and other people. Do not shake hands or make close contact if possible. This applies for work and outside work situations.


The Football Association of Ireland had already announced the cessation of all football under its jurisdiction until April 19 inclusive, and with immediate effect following directives from Government, the Department of Health and UEFA.

The FAI made this decision after a meeting with Government, the Department of Health and stakeholders from other national sporting bodies.The decision was taken in light of the growing threat posed by the COVID-19 outbreak and in the best interests of our players, coaches, volunteers, supporters and staff. This decision will be monitored on an ongoing basis.

The FAI remains in communication with the Department of Health and UEFA on COVID-19 and will continue to follow all government guidelines.