Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The gates of Fraher Field in Dungarvan closed to fans for the recent Waterford SHC quarter-Final clash between Abbeyside and Lismore. It will be open again this weekend for Co. SFC quarter-final games and Western Board games as will all sports grounds across the country, except in Dublin. Photo: Inpho/James Crombie.

The Government will permit limited crowds to attend sporting events outside of Dublin from tomorrow (Wednesday) as part of the ‘Plan for Living with Covid-19’, announced a short time ago.

The plan is based on five levels of response, up to a maximum of Level 5 where a lockdown would come into effect. Ireland is currently judged to be at Level 2, where sporting events can continue under specific conditions.

100 spectators are permitted to attend outdoor sporting events, with a higher capacity of 200 allowed at stadiums which would normally have a capacity of 5,000 or higher.

The possibility of greater capacities being allowed at larger stadiums is left open, with the Level 2 guidelines stating: “For very large purpose-built event facilities (for example: stadia, auditoriums, conference, or event centres) specific guidance will be developed with the relevant sectors to take account of size and different conditions for larger events.”

Training will continue in pods of 15 outdoors and six indoors, with exemptions for professional and elite sportspeople, inter-county squads, and senior club championship teams. Lower level intermediate and junior clubs are not mentioned in the list of exempt teams.

Dublin is also considered to be at Level 2 but with some extra conditions due to the greater instance of coronavirus cases, with attendances not allowed at sporting events.

This will be good news for Waterford sports teams especially supporters of the eight teams in the Co. Senior Football Championship quarter-finals this weekend and the three Ladies Football County Finals at the weekend, as well as Waterford Junior League games and the Waterford Schoolboy League, which returns this weekend.

More to follow….

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