The fourth wave of Covid has not yet impacted upon the attendance of fans at stadia but it is affecting indoor events traditionally marking the successes of the year.

Horse Racing Ireland has this afternoon cancelled the planned HRI Awards for 2021 that were to have been held in person at the Clayton Hotel in Ballsbridge on Tuesday, December 7th.

It follows a similar decision by the Friends of Dublin Hurling who were to have hosted their annual awards night this Saturday but have postponed ‘until a later and safer date.’

Venues are reporting a rise in cancellations of Christmas parties and corporate hospitality has been slower to pick up momentum than might have been hoped only a few short weeks ago.

The advice from the HSE is to be careful and reduce social contact though there has been no indication yet of a restriction on activities other than the earlier closing of the nighttime economy.

Events like the planned Camogie All-Star awards in Naas next weekend and the PwC GAA All-Stars in Dublin early next month will still be planning to go ahead but dusting down the depressing prospect of implementing a Plan B.

Sport for Business Perspective

The speed at which the mood music has changed has been alarming. From full stadia for the visits of Portugal and the All Blacks to the cancellation of events planned to allow us to celebrate great achievement. The differential is between night and day, indoor and outdoor. We can only hope that the line between them does not blur or indeed disappear.



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