Capacity crowd allowed in Ireland stadia

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Irish stadiums back to full capacity Image: Leinster Rugby

The Government of Ireland have confirmed that they are pressing ahead with plans to allow sports stadia return to full capacity from October 22nd.

‘The Journal’ stated that the decision applies to indoor and outdoor arenas, and COVID passes will not apply for admission to outdoor events. The Prime Minister of Ireland, Micheál Martin, said that mask wearing will be encouraged at outdoor events.

Where indoor groups have a mix of vaccinated and unvaccinated people indoors, pods of six people should apply.

‘The Journal’ further stated that among the high-profile events now permitted to go ahead before a capacity crowd are Ireland’s World Cup qualifier with Portugal and the Irish rugby team’s Test against New Zealand, both of which will take place at the 51,700-capacity Aviva Stadium in Dublin (Ireland) next month.

The above decision removes capacity restrictions from Irish sports stadia for the first time since COVID-19 measures were first introduced in Ireland in March 2020 when the fatal virus stung various parts of the world.

It comes slightly too late to allow the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) sell more tickets for the October 21st women’s World Cup qualifier between Ireland and Sweden at the 8,000-capacity Tallaght Stadium in Dublin. The Association have sold out the 4,000 tickets they have been permitted to sell.

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