Arguably the county’s showpiece sporting occasions received a major boost today (Tuesday) with the news that up to two hundred people can attend sporting events hosted in large outdoor stadia.
However the GAA are awaiting clarity on whether that number includes players and mentors or is exclusive to spectators attending games.
The news means some supporters of all four teams in this year’s Roscommon Senior and Intermediate Football Finals will have an opportunity to see their teams in action in the weekend’s blue riband occasions.
Under Level 2 restrictions in force throughout the country, up to 200 attendees will be allowed to attend sporting events in outdoor stadia or other fixed outdoor venues with a minimum accredited capacity of 5,000.
The news means both Saturday’s Intermediate Football Final between Oran and St. Dominic’s and Sunday’s Senior Championship final between St. Brigid’s and Padraig Pearses will allow up to two hundred to be present inside the ground for both finals which are being played in Dr. Hyde Park.
For other sporting events with a capacity of less than 5,000 people, up to 100 patrons/spectators are allowed outdoors and 50 patrons/spectators indoors.
This now means that up to one hundred patrons can be present inside the ground for both the Senior and Intermediate Ladies Football County Finals taking place in Ballyforan this Saturday.
In the Intermediate Final Boyle play St. Brigid’s at 1 p.m. while later at 3.45 p.m. reigning senior champions Kilbride go in search of their fifth senior crown in a row when facing challengers Shannon Gaels.
Both games are preceded by the Ladies Junior Final on Friday evening between Eire Og and St. Faithleach’s which will also take place in Ballyforan. All three games represent what are arguably showcase occasions for ladies sport in Roscommon.
Under level two restrictions, outdoor training can take place in pods of up to 15. Indoor training, exercise and dance classes can take place in pods of up to six indoors.
Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools can open with protective measures, taking account of public health advice, including social distancing.