Fans to return to sports events in Ireland as government confirms easing of Covid-19 restrictions

Fans to return to sports events in Ireland as government confirms easing of Covid-19 restrictions

The Irish government has announced the latest easing of Covid-19 restrictions, which paves the way for spectators returning to sports events.

From Monday June 7, 100 attendees can attend matches, with that number rising to 200 at venues which can hold more than 5,000.

There have also been a number of test events confirmed, which will trial greater numbers.

The biggest trial event confirmed is the final of the National Camogie Leagues at Croke Park, with 3,000 fans permitted to attend.

Test sports events

Although not included in the Irish government press release, the LGFA confirmed in a statement that the Lidl National League finals will also take place as a Croke Park test event on Saturday, June 26.

“The LGFA wishes to place on the record its thanks to the Working Group for return of spectators to stadia, Ministers Catherine Martin and Jack Chambers, and to our colleagues at Croke Park for making the stadium available on that date,” read a statement from the ladies football governing body.

“We are very much looking forward to welcoming spectators to Croke Park on Saturday, June 26, for what should be a very special occasion.”

Further increases to numbers permitted at events are being considered for August.

At present, all sporting events are being played behind closed doors in Ireland.

North of the border, 500 fans are allowed to attend matches. This weekend, the GAA’s National League games taking place in the six counties will welcome fans back into stadia.

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