Due to the acceleration of the roadmap to easing COVID-19 restrictions, sporting activities and gyms can reopen from Monday June 29.
This evening, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced that all sporting activity can return to action, including close contact sports such as rugby and boxing.
Originally, it was mooted that close contact sports would have to wait until August 10, to return to action. Also, sports such as football and Gaelic football were scheduled to return on July 20. However, this news has accelerated a return, which potentially could see a rethink in roadmaps in a return to competitive action.
The FAI are currently amidst talks to ensure a plan for the return of the League of Ireland. The GAA's roadmap to return was set to begin with club competition resuming from July 31.
Both phase three and phase four contain guidelines for spectators at indoor and outdoor events. From June 29, up to 50 people can attend indoor events, with up to 200 people allowed to attend outdoor events.
From the start of phase four, beginning on July 20, up to 100 people are permitted to attend indoor events, with up to 500 people allowed to attend outdoor events.
These guidelines could see limited attendances brought in to sporting events, rather than behind closed doors events seen in the Premier League and other major football leagues that have returned to action.
Today's government announcement also sees gyms and leisure centres given permission to reopen from June 29.
However, these permissions are only granted once businesses can adhere to government guidelines, particularly surrounding social distancing and capacities.
The reopening of gyms were also set for August 10, but due to the acceleration of the government's roadmap, they are set for a phase three return.
Also on June 29, churches, cinemas and barbershops can all reopen. Expect to see a lot of people praising god that they can get a fade once more in ten days time.
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