GAA says facemasks in Croke Park are ‘advisory not compulsory’

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We have seen 40,000 at the All-Ireland final last weekend and 24,000 at the football semi-final between Tyrone and Kerry. Face-masks aren’t compulsory though at the headquarters of the GAA, Croke Park.

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A GAA spokesman said Croke Park is an outdoor setting and therefore there is no legal requirement to wear a mask.

By law, you are mandated to wear a face covering in shops, shopping centres, cinemas, other designated indoor centres and on public transport, but it is advisory for all other settings including “ busy outdoor spaces where a lot of people gather”, according to the HSE guidelines.

A GAA spokesman said masks in outdoor settings are “advisory and we can’t make them compulsory”.

Instead, the GAA will continue with public messaging over the weekend before the start of the game, during water breaks and at half-time.

Tickets are allocated on a “pod basis” with people expected to stay in their seats, but many fans have breached that recommendation.

Earlier this week the chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan stated that only vaccinated people should be allowed to attend the All-Ireland football final which is scheduled for September 11th.

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