Professional and elite sports will continue to operate without fans until at least the New Year, despite the government announcing that the country will move from Level 5 to Level 3. 

After six weeks at Level 5, the new measures will take effect from Tuesday, 1 December

Hopes that supporters could return to stadiums before the year was out were dashed when it was confirmed that elite and professional sports, including next month's All-Ireland finals, must continue to take place behind closed doors.

Golf clubs will reopen subject to strict health protection protocols, though golfers will not be permitted to travel outside their county of residence to play.

Gatherings of 15 people may take place outdoors, and non-contact training is allowed outdoors in pods of 15. 

Gyms and swimming pools are to reopen, though indoor exercise is limited to individual training only. 

Earlier this week Basketball Ireland CEO Bernard O'Byrne said indoor sports have been "marginalised" in light of restrictions put in place to mitigate the spread of Covid-19

The 2020/21 National League basketball season has been halted since October prior to the introduction of Level 5 restrictions which govern training options for both adult and underage players. 

"The idea that indoor sport in some way is very dangerous is not borne out by any medical evidence and no medical evidence has been shown to us," he said. 

In the UK, fans will return to some Premier League stadiums next month. 

Under the new tier system, clubs within tier two areas – such as Brighton, Chelsea, Liverpool and West Ham, can welcome in up to 2,000 supporters to home games.