Mandatory masks and no drinking for spectators at pilot sports events

Spectators will not need to be vaccinated to attend pilot sports events from next week, but mandatory mask wearing and physical distancing will be enforced, Minister of State for Sport Jack Chambers has confirmed.

Mr Chambers said stadiums will operate at five to 10 per cent capacity initially, but this could increase from early July. Speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Claire Byrne programme, Mr Chambers said the Government is putting in place a “clear pathway back” for spectators to be able to return to sports events.

Plans are in place for 15 pilot events from June 11th, involving a range of sports including GAA, rugby, football, athletics and golf.

Mr Chambers said his Department has tried to ensure there is a mix of male and female games, with offerings around the country.

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