Garda urged GAA fans to abide by public health guidelines and rules for the All-Ireland hurling final weekend.
Garda said he has been working with the GAA at the national and county levels to reduce the prevalence of Kovid-19 before and after weekend games.
Limerick will face Waterford in the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship, while Antrim and Kerry will face off in the Joe McDonald’s Cup on December 13.
The All-Ireland Kamogi Final between Galway and Kilkenny takes place on December 12.
Garda operates in licensed areas, especially in Limerick and Waterford, to ensure compliance with public health guidelines and regulations.
Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security, John Tovomi, said: “As a GAA member and former inter-county Haller, I know what it means for the people of Limerick and Waterford to participate in an All-Ireland final, especially in the years after this hardship. “
The patrol, which focuses on the night-time economy in major urban areas, will have high visibility activity this weekend.
“We want this to be a great opportunity for everyone, but we must all remember that Covid-19 does not even take a day off for an All-Ireland final,” he added.
Garda and GAA supporters ressed the need to remember their personal and collective responsibility.
“A Gorda Savokana is committed to playing our part with the GIA. We urge GAA supporters to continue their role in complying with public health guidelines and regulations, ”said Deputy Commissioner Toomi.
Garda asked to limit contact with people and to maintain social distance.
“If you have a lot of people out there somewhere to watch the match – leave,” he said.
Deputy Commissioner Toomi said most of the licensed areas comply with public health regulations, but action will be taken against those who do not comply.
Elsewhere, Waterford’s hurling manager and captain urges county fans to follow public health guidelines during and after Sunday’s game.
As the county aims to win the senior title for the first time since 1959, there are fears of early reunions in the Waterford area, especially if the team wins against Limerick.
However, supporters have been asked to adhere to Sunday’s guidelines to reduce the risk of covid-19 transmission, especially as NPEIT statistics related to the rates of diagnostic cases are of concern in the region.
In a video clip released on behalf of the players, Waterford hurling captain Connor Prundy said that team members are going to play the game of our lives and that we want to support not only us but your family, friends and community.
“Please keep each other safe and follow current health guidelines so that everyone can enjoy the game,” he said.
Very important message from our Captain Connor Prundy!
– Waterford GAA (ater Waterford GAA) December 11, 2020
Manager Liam Cahill said all fans should be aware of the current Level 3 guidelines and be safe on Sundays.
“We play our part on the pitch. We ask you to do this at home for the All-Ireland hurling final. Please enjoy the game, but keep in mind the times we live in,” Cahill said.
HSE, Waterford City, County Council and the local garda said it was important to remember the “stay safe” messages now.
Similar policing will take place in Dublin and Mayo for the All-Ireland football final on December 19, 2020.
Dublin will face Mayo in the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, while Galway and Dublin will play in the AirGrid GAA Football All-Ireland U20 Championship.
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