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Spectators at trial sporting events must abide by new code of conduct

By June 7, 2021January 16th, 2022Sports events

All spectators at the 16 pilot test events will be required to abide by a code of conduct which includes remaining seated whenever possible and avoiding contact with others outside of their social bubbles.

Spectators will also be required to wear a face covering at all times, download the HSE Covid-19 contract tracking app and follow the advice of staff and stewards.

Pilot events include GAA, camogie and women’s football, League of Ireland matches, rugby matches and other sports such as golf and athletics.

The first events take place on Friday and include Leinster v Dragons at RDS, Shamrock Rovers v Finn Harps at Tallaght Stadium and Cork City v Cabinteely at Turner’s Cross.

Stadiums with a capacity of more than 5,000 people will be limited to a maximum attendance of between 200 and 500 people initially.

For the test events, no food or drink will be available and entry times will be staggered to allow efficient and safe fan passage.

Chief Government Whip Jack Chambers released updated guidelines for the reopening of sports grounds on Monday which were drafted by a task force of sporting events experts and health and safety advisers.

They include mitigation measures to allow the safe return of spectators to sporting events.

These include advance communication with attendees, venues operating at reduced capacity, physical distancing, mask-wearing and hand hygiene.

A “robust” contact tracing system will also be in place.

These events will be used to assess and review progress towards increasing spectator capacity at events in July and August.

“I am acutely aware of fans’ impatience to see their home county, local club or sporting heroes in action again,” Mr Chambers said.

“These expert-led guidelines are important because they set out a clear path to allow large numbers of spectators to attend games again.

“They cover a wide range of areas, from ticketing and arriving at the pitch, to public transport and communications with supporters, to stadium signage, contact tracing and a host of other factors. important.

“The guidelines may be continually reviewed after each pilot event and will eventually pave the way for more sporting events as we move into the summer and fall.”

The task force will monitor events and adapt approaches, if necessary, as progress is made towards higher attendance later this summer.

There will be contact tracing linked to each ticket which will be held for 28 days, to allow sporting groups to assist the HSE if there is a case of Covid-19 linked to the event.

Later in the summer, as more people are vaccinated, it may be possible to increase attendance even further.

The event organizers will have primary responsibility and liaise with local authorities, public transport providers, the Garda and others.

Organizations have worked with their ticketing partners to ensure robust track and trace will be in place and this system has already been trialled in the UK.

16 trial sporting events with limited spectators

June 11, RDS

Leinster v Dragons

June 11, Tallaght Stadium

LoI Shamrock Rovers v Finn Harps

June 11, Turner’s Cross

LoI Cork City v Cabinteely

June 20, Croke Park

Camogie National League Finals

June 18-20, to be confirmed

Possible driver of a GAA Men’s National Football League final if scheduled

June 25, Tallaght Stadium

LoI Shamrock Rovers v Drogheda

June 26, Morton Stadium, Santry

Irish National Athletics Championships

June 26, Saturday, Croke Park

Division 1 and 2 Ladies Gaelic Football Association League Finals

June 26, Saturday, Tolka Park WNL

Shelbourne v Cork

July 1, Thurs-Sun, Mount Juliet

Kilkenny Irish Open Golf (European Tour)

July 2, Tallaght Stadium

LoI Shamrock Rovers v Dundalk

July 3, Aviva Stadium

Ireland vs Japan

July 3, Semple Stadium, Thurles

Munster GAA Hurling Semi Final Cork v Limerick

July 4, Dr. Hyde Park

Connacht GAA Football Championships: Roscommon v Galway

July 10, Aviva Stadium

Ireland v USA

Late June, Curragh

Horse Racing Event – one day in a series