The Government are proposing Level 5 sanctions but it’s understood that ‘elite sport’ will continue behind closed doors.
The Government are currently discussing plans to move Ireland to Level 5 for six weeks.
It’s understood that inter-county football and hurling will be allowed to continue under the new lockdown, as will Ireland’s remaining Six Nations fixtures and all ‘elite sporting events.’
The reprieve for the GAA is being pushed for by a number of ministers at this afternoon’s crucial Cabinet meeting.
Under the current Living with Covid roadmap, the strict mandate for sport is that ‘No Events’ will take place, however, it’s widely reported that an exception is set to be announced under “very controlled” conditions.
If announced, this will mean that the All-Ireland championships in both hurling and football and the conclusion of the Six Nations will be allowed to take place.
RTÉ have reported that “the GAA inter-county championships, elite sports and horse racing can take place during the Level 5 restrictions.”
While the definition of ‘elite sport’ is yet to be clarified, this could also bode well for Ireland’s fixtures in the new Eight Nations tournament, the PRO 14 season, and potentially, the remaining Airtricity League fixtures.
An official announcement from Government is expected to be made later this evening.
New: Professional sports can continue in Level 5, and social bubbles for the vulnerable will be allowed. Sports training for children to continue in pods as normal. Disability care and addiction services will stay open. A new mental health package is to be introduced #iestaff
— aoife moore. (@aoifegracemoore) October 19, 2020
Gyms are to close but inter-county GAA and professional sport including Six Nations to be allowed behind closed doors.
— Seán Defoe (@SeanDefoe) October 19, 2020
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