Ahead of the All-Ireland football final on Saturday, the HSE West is appealing to people to stay safe while supporting the Mayo team, as high rates of Covid-19 are continuing to circulate in the community.
While the All-Ireland final is a special sporting occasion, the HSE says, if not controlled, it can turn into events that rapidly increase the number of Covid-19 cases in the community.
Dr Breda Smyth, Director of Public Health Medicine with the HSE West is urging people to socialise safely, wear a mask in crowded places and keep two metres from people not in your household.
If watching the match with others next weekend, people are encouraged to move somewhere less crowded that has good ventilation, while anyone not vaccinated is urged to take extra care.
Mayo has recorded 323 new cases of the virus over the past week, with a 7-day incidence rate of 247 - higher than the national average of 229 cases per 100,000 people.