Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The three main sporting bodies, the GAA, FAI and IRFU, have set up a Working Party to plan for the return of spectators following the release of the Government’s Plan for Living with Covid-19 today. 

The Work Party will be chaired by Martin Murphy, Stadium Director, Aviva Stadium.

Aviva Stadium Director, Martin Murphy, Chair of the Working Party Photo: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

The three bodies made the announcement in a joint statement issued today.

“Following the release today of the Government’s Resilience and Recovery
2020-21: Plan for Living with COVID-19, the FAI, GAA and IRFU have set up a
working group to bring a collaborative approach to the development of a
roadmap for the safe return of spectators to stadia.
The group, which will include representatives of Sport Ireland and will be
chaired by Martin Murphy, Stadium Director of Aviva Stadium, will develop a
common set of guidelines and protocols, by:
· Working with the Statutory Authorities essential to the safe delivery of
major sporting events
· Engaging with Government agencies on the considerations and
parameters applying to the number of people permitted at outdoor
public gatherings
· Accessing international best practice and learnings from governing
bodies which have been running spectator ‘return’ programmes over
the past number of months
The group will present its plan to the Sport Expert Group, set up by Sport
Group Chair, Martin Murphy, said.
“Sport plays a hugely important role in Irish society and by working together
the FAI, GAA, and the IRFU will bring their collective expertise and learning to
develop a roadmap for the safe return of spectators to the sports events they
love and miss deeply.
The number one consideration for this group is to seek a series of protocols
which would allow spectators back into sporting fixtures in a safe way, while
complying fully with Government Health guidelines.”


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