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1,000 spectators 'to be allowed to attend Irish Cup final'

The Executive has agreed to allow 1,000 spectators to attend the Irish Cup final, PA understands.

The Executive has agreed to allow 1,000 spectators to attend the Irish Cup final, PA understands.

Ministers met today to discuss further relaxations to the coronavirus regulations.

The Irish Cup final is to be a test event and spectators attending Mourneview Park in Lurgan, Co Armagh, on May 21 must undergo a Covid-19 test before attending and afterwards.

The Executive also committed to the reopening of the indoor hospitality industry on May 24, with mitigations in place. That is set to be reviewed on May 20.

May 24 is also set to see 500 spectators allowed at sports events and inter-school sports events, as well as the reopening of libraries and museums.

From June 21, restrictions are to be removed on audiences in seated theatres, concert halls and other venues.

It is understood that international travel was discussed by ministers but no decisions were taken.

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