Spectator Information on the Resumption of Games

As we return to games across all four codes from this weekend, we would like to remind spectators and supporters that there will be measures in place at all GAA grounds to protect players, officials, mentors and spectators from the spread of Covid-19.  The primary measure in place will be the restriction of the numbers permitted entry to all grounds to 200 until 20th of July.  It was envisaged that this number would be increased to 500 subsequently, but the announcement of the extension of phase three measures mean that this will not happen until the 10th of August.

This number (200)includes all playing panels, mentors, officials and spectators from both the home and away teams and many games will require a ticket in order to gain entry to the ground.  Both senior hurling games and the junir A game this weekend will be all-ticket with tickets distributed by the Hurling Exec.  Tickets will understandably be scarce, and supporters are asked not to come to the ground if they have not been provided with a ticket.

We are planning to live-stream future games on Páirc Uí Mhurchú and details will be circulated via the club website and social media.

Spectators should get to games early and are responsible for queuing for entry in a socially distanced fashion and maintaining a 2m distance from other spectators who are not from their own household during the game.

Parking at some grounds may be restricted and spectators are advised to check in advance to make alternative arrangements in the event that parking is not available.

Some notes circulated from Croke Park are below:

  • Spectators should be aware that all the risks posed from Covid-19 cannot be eliminated, including attending GAA games but that essential control measures have been put in place to reduce risks for members. 
  • Spectators must not attend games if they display any symptoms of Covid-19 and instead should phone their GP and follow public health advice
  • Individuals that are considered high risk or are in close contact with others who are considered high risk should not attend games 
  • Individuals must be informed that much of the responsibility for managing Covid-19 risk remains with themselves particularly in relation to social distancing, wearing of face coverings and sanitation
  • All spectators should be encouraged to bring their own hand sanitiser 
  • The use of face coverings is strongly advised for all patrons over the age of 13
  • Spectators must not enter the field of play at any time including pre-match, at half-time and other intervals and after the final whistle or at end-of-match presentations
  • Spectators should be advised to keep their own record of contacts at a match for potential tracing purposes
  • All spectators should be  encouraged to download the HSE tracing app
  • Toilet facilities may be limited, so, as we tell the kids, please go before you leave home!

Having said all that……enjoy the games as we’ve all really missed live sport!

An Rúnaí,

Michael Kennedy