Sports stadiums can return to 50% capacity from 6 September onwards as the government announced its plan to lift most of Ireland's Covid-19 restrictions over the next two months.

In an address outside Government Buildings this evening, An Taoiseach Micheál Martin said that restrictions would be "gradually and carefully eased during September", before a "significant change of approach" in October.

From 6 September, outdoor events will be permitted to operate at 75% capacity, provided the attendees are fully vaccinated.

However, for events where patrons have mixed immunity status, then the capacity will remain capped at 50% and subject to protective measures such as social distancing between groups and wearing face masks.

All further restrictions for both indoor and outdoor sports events are to be lifted on 22 October.

The announcement will allow for greater attendances at events such as League of Ireland fixtures and race meetings.

The All-Ireland football final between Mayo and Tyrone on 11 September was already due to go ahead before 40,000 spectators, though it remains to be seen whether the easing of restrictions will facilitate a substantially greater crowd.

The GAA at present does not restrict attendance to vaccinated people though it has previously indicated it would consider any request from the government to how it manages events at Croke Park.