GAA statement on new Government guidelines

September 15, 2020

Fans watch the action. ©INPHO/James Crombie.

The GAA has noted today's Government announcement of new guidelines on the number of spectators permitted to attend outdoor sporting events.

The new ‘Living with Covid’ plan means 200 spectators can attend GAA games in venues which would have a capacity to host more than 5,000 under normal circumstances, in all 26 counties except Dublin. A limit of 100 has been set at smaller grounds.

As Dublin has one of the highest rate of Covid-19 cases, all outdoor sporting events in the county will only be allowed 100 in attendance.

Restrictions on outdoor training to pods of 15 are advised but club teams preparing for championship and all inter-county sides may train in bigger numbers. 

Meanwhile, the 400 spectator rule remains in place for GAA games in Northern Ireland.

GAA statement

The Government has announced that, from tomorrow, crowds of 200 people will be allowed to attend GAA matches where the capacity of the stadium is over 5,000.

GAA grounds with a capacity of less that 5,000 may hold matches with an attendance of up to 100 people.

These new measures apply in 25 of the 26 counties in the Republic of Ireland, with Dublin the sole exception. Attendances at GAA matches in venues in Dublin where the capacity is over 5,000 have been capped at 100.

Outdoor training can take place in pods of up to 15, though senior club championship teams and inter-county teams can train together in greater numbers.

All of these guidelines are under Level 2 of the government long-term plan for Covid-19.

If the virus is suppressed sufficiently in individual counties, then they will be permitted to move to Level 1 which would allow crowds of up to 500 in a stadium which holds over 5,000.

If the virus is not sufficiently controlled in an individual county then that county would move back to Level 3 which would mean only inter-county and senior club championship matches would be permitted, and those would be played behind closed doors.

Currently in the six counties up to 400 spectators are permitted to attend GAA matches.

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