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A Covid-19 sign at the AUL Complex in Dublin.
A Covid-19 sign at the AUL Complex in Dublin.
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How does moving into Level 3 affect sport in Dublin?

New restrictions for Dublin will take effect from midnight tonight.
Sep 18th 2020, 6:11 PM 57,933 42

Updated Sep 18th 2020, 7:56 PM

THIS EVENING IT was announced that Dublin has moved into Level 3 of the Covid-19 restrictions. 

The Government decision, taken on the back of recommendations from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) due to alarming numbers of new cases in the capital, will have a significant impact on people’s lives over the next three weeks. 

Under the Level 3 guidelines — which come into effect from midnight tonight — sports matches and events in the county are banned.

However, there is an exemption for professional/elite/inter-county/senior club championship games.

This means tomorrow’s Champions Cup quarter-final between Leinster and Saracens can still go ahead behind closed doors at the Aviva Stadium. 

The Dublin club championship hurling finals are also scheduled for this weekend, and they will take place as planned — as will SSE Airtricity League fixtures. 

Outdoor non-contact training is allowed, but only in pods of up to 15 people.

Gyms, leisure centres, and swimming pools can remain open but only individual work outs are permitted, meaning no classes. 

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The FAI have confirmed all Adult Amateur and Underage football matches in Dublin must cease from midnight tonight, with exceptions made for elite competitions namely the SSE Airtricity League, Women’s National League and all five underage National Leagues.

Adult Amateur and Underage training can continue once the above restrictions are adhered to, while the FAI say any coach or player resident in Dublin but involved with an Adult Amateur or non-elite Underage club outside of the county is not permitted to travel outside Dublin for any football activity.

Elsewhere, the Dublin County Board have confirmed all Minor Club games have been postponed, and say they will reschedule outstanding fixtures as soon as possible, subject to Dublin Minor and U20 inter-county Championship fixtures. All adult fixtures remain on, albeit behind closed doors. 

Article updated to include details from FAI and Dublin County Board  

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