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This year's Galway Festival will be staged behind closed doors, if it goes ahead as planned in July (stock photo)

This year's Galway Festival will be staged behind closed doors, if it goes ahead as planned in July (stock photo)

This year's Galway Festival will be staged behind closed doors, if it goes ahead as planned in July (stock photo)

This year's Galway Festival will be staged behind closed doors, if it goes ahead as planned in July.

The seven-day fixture is due to kick off on July 27, but with the Irish government announcing yesterday that mass gatherings of more than 5,000 people will not be permitted up to the end of August, there will be no crowd.

In a statement, general manager Michael Moloney said: "In light of the evolving situation regarding Covid-19, for public health and safety reasons Galway Race Committee has reached the difficult but unavoidable decision that the 2020 Galway Races Summer Festival, due to be held from Monday, July 27 to Sunday, August 2, will not be able to take place as an event open to the general public this year.

"We know this will be a huge disappointment for all our racegoers that attend year on year.

"It may prove possible to run the Galway Races behind closed doors, dependent on government policy and the approval of Horse Racing Ireland and Irish Horse Racing Regulatory Board.

"This would be for the benefit of the racing industry, our valued partners and our TV audiences at home and internationally. We are currently planning for this scenario and we will update you on progress as and when we can."

Moloney confirmed a full refund policy will be in operation for those who have already bought their tickets, adding: "We would like to sincerely thank you for your support and understanding during this unprecedented time."

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