SPORT IN Ireland is on a complete shutdown from tonight until at least April 19.
New measures introduced by the Government today means that golf and horse racing – which had been the only two left standing in the last two weeks – will cease.
Golf course remained opened with additional procedures in place – including physical distancing, the removal of rakes from bunkers, leaving of flagsticks in the hole – but there will now be a complete closure across the country.
Horse Racing, too, will stop with recent meetings having been held behind closed doors.
The GUI and ILGU now require all golf clubs, courses and facilities to close with immediate effect until April 19.
A statement said: “While golf is an outdoor sport that allows players to exercise in the fresh air, the message is clear: People must stay at home to help to contain the spread of COVID-19.
“The unions recognise the need clubs may have for business support at this time. We will monitor options available and engage with the relevant sporting bodies in due course to make representations for our member clubs.”
Horse Racing Ireland said: “HRI confirm that racing will cease in Ireland as of midnight tonight as per the latest Government guidelines on Covid-19.
“The Board of Horse Racing Ireland will meet Wednesday morning and will issue a press release soon after.”