GAA Requests Evidence From NPHET To Show Rationale Behind Reducing Crowds

The GAA have requested ‘empirical evidence’ from NPHET after their latest recommendation…

NPHET recommended to Ireland’s Government Cabinet today that all matches should now be played behind closed doors. Previously, 200 people were allowed to attend outdoor sporting events such as GAA matches and soccer matches.

There has been widespread anger and dismay across the sporting community following this evening’s Government announcement to reduce attendees to a maximum of fifteen for the foreseeable future.

The GAA have released a statement, requesting evidence from the acting CMO Ronan Glynn and NPHET which highlighted their rationale for reducing these attendances:

“Following this evening’s unexpected announcement the GAA invites Dr Ronan Glynn and NPHET to present the empirical evidence which informed the requirement for the Association to curtail its activities.”

“The Association will tonight be issuing an invitation to Dr Glynn to meet with its Covid Advisory Group in this regard without delay.

“The GAA and its members remain at all times committed to protecting public health,” the statement read.

During a time when pubs who serve food are allowed to remain open, during a time when indoor events such as weddings can still occur, and when the schools are about to re-open, it’s difficult to comprehend their logic behind this decision.

It is especially hard to understand when we consider the fact that GAA games occur outdoors and that most stadia are large, and can accommodate crowds of over 15,000 people, which would allow for adequate social distancing measures.

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