Wexford GAA look to increase number of people permitted to attend games in the county

July 11, 2020

A groundsman prepares the pitch at Innovate Wexford Park. ©INPHO/Ken Sutton.

Wexford GAA are looking to increase the number of people permitted to attend games in the county.

The opening round of Wexford hurling championship matches will be played from Friday, 17 July when competitive games can resume. As things stand, tickets for these matches will not be available for public sale due to the current Covid-19 restrictions on attendances.

In line with Government advice, the number of people allowed attend the opening round of Wexford hurling championship matches is 200. The attendance limit will increase to 500 on 20 July before the start of round 2 and includes players, backroom staff, officials and spectators.

Wexford has the lowest rate of coronavirus infections in the country after neighbours Waterford and with that in mind the Wexford GAA Management Committee have asked the Government to consider increasing the limit for outdoor gatherings in county grounds.

"The Wexford club championships will commence on Friday 17 July in order to safely accommodate a 10 week schedule of fixtures in both hurling and football and to make best use of the available summer weather," a statement on www.wexfordgaa.ie reads.

"In light of the current Government restrictions on attendances at outdoor events (200 at present, 500 from 20 July) , the Committee has made representations to the Government seeking a small increase in attendances allowed at club fixtures in county grounds in strict compliance with social distancing and all public health guidance.

"We have emphasised the responsible behaviour of the people of Wexford during the Covid-19 crisis and the fact that we have the second-lowest rate of infection per capita in the country.

"A small increase in capacity in our county grounds would be an important gesture of goodwill to all those GAA members who have helped their communities since early March."

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