THE GAA HAS confirmed that 100 spectators will be permitted to attend club and inter-county games in the 26 counties of the Republic of Ireland from Monday, 7 June.

This number is in addition to players, team personnel, stewards or media attendees.

A maximum of 200 spectators may attend matches at grounds where the capacity is 5,000.

The news comes after the Government recently announced a further relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions, which includes the gradual return of crowds to sports events.

A statement from Ard Stiúrthóir, Tomás Ó Riain says that competitive and challenge games at all levels of club and inter county are permitted to take place from 7 June but that it is “essential that we continue to proceed with caution.”

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“It is likely that from 5 July, up to 200 spectators may be permitted to attend games,” the statement continues, “and up to 500 may be permitted in grounds with a minimum capacity of 5,000.

“However this will depend on progress in broader society – if these increases are to be permitted, we will advise in advance of 5 July.”

Dressing rooms will remain closed for club games “to ensure the risk of players or backroom personnel being classified as Close contacts is minimised.”

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In relation to the use of gym facilities, the GAA advises that they should remain closed for the moment unless they are being used on an individual basis by inter-county players.

Club bars are permitted to serve food and alcohol outdoors as well as drive in events and family fun days or fundraising events.

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