Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Sports Events

Photo of Jack ChambersJack Chambers (Dublin West, Fianna Fail)
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984. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will examine correspondence from a person (details supplied); the position regarding the planned American football match for the Aviva Stadium in August 2020; if it will be going ahead; and if so, the health considerations being made in this regard in the context of Covid-19. [5812/20]

Photo of Shane RossShane Ross (Dublin Rathdown, Independent)
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As the Deputy will no doubt be aware, all types of mass gatherings have been restricted since 24th March. In order to provide early certainty to promoters of licensable events a decision was taken that all licensable events up to the end of August would not proceed. No decision has yet been taken on sports events, such as the Aer Lingus College Football Classic game scheduled for 29thAugust 2020. Whatever public health advice applies in August will, of course, be abided by.

The Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society and Businesses, published on 1 May, sets out a gradual and stepped plan for easing the COVID-19 restrictions and returning to social and economic activity. It is a flexible framework document which is entirely dependent on our success in suppressing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. In line with this Roadmap and its five-phase plan for easing restrictions, it is envisioned that spectator events that involve mass gatherings might be permitted in Phase 5 but “only in accordance with both indoor and outdoor number restrictions and where social distancing can be complied with”.

As the Deputy is aware, the current position is that visitors from overseas need to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival into Ireland and subsequently abide by the relevant public health advice regarding travel within Ireland.

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