John Horan, GAA President calls on the government to give the association permission to allow outdoor gatherings of over 200 people.
This call made by Horan follows the announcement to delay phase four of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions that was due to begin on the 20th of July.
The delay in the new phases means that only up to 200 people can attend outdoor events in comparison to 500 that would have been part of phase 4.
Speaking on Morning Ireland on RTÉ 1 Horan said that “the change in attendance guidelines has delivered a hammer blow to the organisation.”
Horan continued by saying, “We put the return to the club game first to benefit our members and help out county boards survive for those clubs but our county boards were relying on an increase of 500 as a way of being able to cater for the demand on the ground from our supporters. They now have the extra burden of continuing to police 200 being in attendance.”
“If you take those involved in the teams and stewarding out of it, you’re probably looking at 120 supporters going to a game. If you work out the dimensions of a GAA pitch, that allows for social distancing of four metres between everybody attending the match,” said Horan.
Speaking on Morning Ireland Horan openly called on the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste to go back and review the figures for the organisation.
“We have also encouraged everybody to wear face-masks, so I think these figures are a bit severe on us as an organisation, and I openly call on the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste to go back and review those figures for us as an organisation.”
In relation to younger people and the rise in figures of the younger generation contracting COVID-19 Horan said those who play GAA “have got to make a clear decision you either party or you play sport.”
“Sport and partying are not going to work at the moment because it’s partying that has brought many of these challenges to our doors as GAA clubs as regards to the virus,” said Horan.
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