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All mass gatherings in State set to be banned until autumn

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All mass gathering of over 5000 people will be banned until September 1st under plans set to be announced by the Government due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Government sources said local authorities will be told not to grant licences for large events in this period due to the coronavirus crisis.

It is understood the decision was taken by Ministers at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning.

The decision means that major sports fixtures, concerts and other events will have to be rearranged.

Speaking over the weekend in response to a question on whether Electric Picnic would go ahead this year, Minister for Health Simon Harris said it was unlikely we will have such mass gatherings any time soon.

“We are going to have to very shortly make a decision on these mass gatherings. I think its unlikely that we are going to see mass gatherings come back any time soon. I think we are going to have to keep up our social distancing even if we can lessen some of the restrictions in place as well”.

From The Irish Times.