Government’s easing of Covid-19 restrictions: What does this mean for sport?

Taoiseach Micheál Martin confirmed in his announcement on the RTE 6 o’clock news this evening that “a series of very important and very welcome freedoms will be restored” in the form of a staged dismantlement of restrictions over the coming weeks and months.

While there have been many plans put in place to restart society from intercounty travel to the shops opening their doors, there has also been plenty of information released in the field of sport.

The 10th of May will see adult training resume in pods of fifteen, while on June 7th games will get underway minus crowds, with gyms and pools to reopen too for individual purposes.

Social distance signs amongst empty stands at recent football matches. Photo credit-Bryan Keane:Inpho.
Social distance signs amongst empty stands at recent football matches. Photo credit-Bryan Keane:Inpho.

Pending the transmission and vaccination rates on July 5th, indoor sports, collective workout classes and outdoor mass gatherings (including sporting events such as matches) will be phased in.

The Women’s National League has been underway since March 27th, but uncertainty still prevails in many sports as to how they will pan out. Full sets of calendars are yet to be released, while indoor activities will remain out in the cold for another month in accordance to case numbers and the success of the current system.

Speaking this morning on his exit from Government Buildings, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly relinquished that this relaxation of restrictions will certainly bring about “a lot of relief” for many people.

“I am very concerned about people’s mental health. I am very concerned about their isolation,” he said.

“It’s been a tough year, but we will take our good days and I think, for our country, this is a good day.”

The full briefing can be viewed here.

Alanna Cunnane

Alanna is a Journalism student in Dublin City University and is passionate about all sport - in particular Ladies Football and Soccer! Alanna has made contributions to Ocean FM, the Final Whistle, the Sligo Champion and the Connacht Telegraph! She even has hosts her own podcast called 'Are You Still Listening?'
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