(Alliance News) - Ireland's Prime MinisterÂ Micheal Martin said onÂ Tuesday thatÂ "limited crowds" will be permitted toÂ attend sporting events in the country as part of the latest adjustment to the country's coronavirus-related rules.
Attendances will be capped at 200 people where stadium capacity exceeds 5,000, with 100 the limit at smallerÂ facilities.
According to the plans, some of the bigger grounds, such as the 82,000-capacity Croke Park and the 51,700-seat Aviva Stadium, will have tailored limits to be set at a later date.
Among theÂ main events coming up are the Republic of Ireland's Nations League football ties against Wales and Finland and Ireland's rescheduled Six Nations rugby clashÂ with Italy on October 24.
Gaelic football and hurling tournaments, which usuallyÂ are heldÂ during the summer and draw crowds of over 80,000, will start in October and end before Christmas.
After a strict lockdown from March to June, Ireland brieflyÂ allowed 200 people attend outdoor events before rescinding the rule in August after a slight riseÂ in new daily coronavirus case numbers.
AroundÂ half the cases announced in recent days have been in capital Dublin, location of Croke Park and the Aviva Stadium.Â Â
Martin described the latest numbers in Dublin,Â where 1.4 million of the country's 4.9 million people live,Â as "very worrying" and said aÂ scheduled September 21 nationwide reopening of pubs willÂ not apply in the capital.
Health officials have reported more than 31,000 cases of the novel coronavirus, though only 68 people are in hospital after testing positive.Â
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