Reopening FAQs [September 2021]

FAQS: Reopening your Fáilte Isteach class

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Last updated August 17 2021

Yes. As per public health guidelines, face coverings are recommended to be worn at all times indoors, unless proof of exception can be provided.

Speak to your venue about current procedures in place for ventilation. Open windows and doors where possible. Consider the option to conduct a class outside (weather and venue permitting) – Government guidelines currently note that activities outdoors are safer.

Your venue may be able to provide you with guidance around their own cleaning protocols. Tables and chairs should be cleaned before and after each class and hand hygiene (see below) encouraged.

Read the advice from WHO regarding cleaning in non-health surroundings in the context of COVID

Sanitiser should be readily available for all participants, alongside signage to encourage its regular use. If sanitiser is not available in your venue, raise this with the venue manager and escalate to the Fáilte Isteach team if required.

Yes, there are translated posters in multiple languages available on the HSE website. There are also easy-read versions of materials and audio and video options.

Access all easy-read and translated resources here

If there is a positive case of COVID-19 in your group setting, the coordinator should notify the venue management. The HSE will then provide advice around how to manage a potential outbreak to the venue and this information can be shared with all participants. If further support is required regarding how best to manage a COVID-19 case in your class, contact us by email at

No, proof of vaccination is not required to be involved in a Fáilte Isteach class.