Spectators in practice sport events must abide by the new code of conduct

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All spectators in 16 pilot test events will be required to adhere to a code of conduct which includes remaining seated whenever possible and avoiding contact with other people outside of their social bubbles.

Spectators will also need to wear face coverings at all times, download the HSE Covid-19 contract tracing 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 track and field.

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

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

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

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

They include mitigation measures to allow spectators to return safely to sporting events.

These include pre-communication with participants, sites operating at reduced capacity, physical distancing, mask wear 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 during the events in July and August.

“I am well aware of how fans are eager to see their home country, their local club or their sporting heroes in action again,” said Chambers.

“These expert-led guidelines are important because they chart a clear path for a large number of spectators to attend matches again.

“They cover a wide range of areas, from ticketing and field arrival, to public transportation and fan communications, stadium signage, contact tracing and a host of other important factors.

“The guidelines can be continuously revised after each pilot event and will ultimately pave the way for much more to attend sporting events as we move forward into the summer and fall.”

The working group will monitor events and adapt approaches, if necessary, as progress is made towards greater participation later this summer.

There will be a contact tracing linked to each ticket to be held for 28 days, to allow sports 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 further increase attendance.

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

The organizations have worked with their ticketing partners to ensure that robust tracking and traceability will be in place and this system has already been tested in the UK.

16 trial sports events with a limited number of spectators

June 11, RDS

Leinster vs. the dragons

June 11, Tallaght Stadium

LoI Shamrock Rovers vs. Finn Harps

June 11, Turner’s Cross

LoI Cork City v Cabinteely

June 20, Croke Park

National Camogie League Finals

June 18-20, to be confirmed

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

June 25, Tallaght Stadium

LoI Shamrock Rovers vs. Drogheda

June 26, Morton Stadium, Santry

Irish National Athletics Championships

June 26, Sat, Croke Park

Divisions 1 and 2 Ladies Gaelic Football Association League Finals

June 26, Saturday, Tolka Park WNL

Shelbourne vs. Cork

July 1, Thu-Sun, Mount Juliet

Kilkenny Irish Open Golf (European tour)

July 2, Tallaght Stadium

LoI Shamrock Rovers vs. Dundalk

July 3, Aviva stadium

Ireland vs. Japan

July 3, Stade Semple, Thurles

Munster GAA Hurling semi-final Cork v Limerick

July 4th, Dr Hyde Park

Connacht GAA Football Championships: Roscommon vs. Galway

July 10, Aviva stadium

Ireland vs. United States

End of June, Curragh

Horse racing event – one day in a series

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