Ban On Mass Gatherings Extended Until August 31st

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The ban on mass gatherings has been extended until the end of August. The government says events for over 5,000 people will not be granted licenses.

It means all summer gigs and music festivals as well as major sporting events are cancelled until September at the earliest.

Local authorities have been advised by Government that events events requiring licences in excess of 5,000 will not be considered before the end of August

This was endorsed by Cabinet where Ministers were told that all major planned gatherings will have to be shelved until September as a consequence.

Its put paid also to the annual Tidy Towns contest. The Tidy Towns Competition involves just under 1,000 communities and judging gets underway every June.


Speaking at the weekend answering a question on whether Electric Picnic would go ahead in 2020, Minister for Health Simon Harris said it was unlikely that we’d have mass gatherings like that any time soon.

“We are going to have to very shortly make a decision on these mass gaterings.

“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”.