GAA: Indoor facilities to remain closed with competitive action set to begin

Pairc Esler
Club competitions are poised to begin across Ireland

Indoor GAA facilities including dressing rooms and gyms are to remain closed until further notice.

The Association's Covid Advisory Group agreed the restrictions would remain in place with the condensed club season set to begin this weekend.

Club bars that do not serve food will be allowed to open from Monday.

Over the last week clubs in Cork, Dublin and Down have all been forced to suspend activity after a club member tested positive for Covid-19.

On Monday Atticall GAC suspended all activity until after 19 July, the first Ulster club to be forced into bringing their restart to a halt following the three-month lay-off.

Condensed county championships are set to resume in July before inter-county games return in October.

In a Facebook statement on Monday, Atticall confirmed the positive test and advised club members that they would be contacted by public health officials if there was a need to be tested.

The GAA's return to play protocols indicate that in the event of a suspected Covid-19 case, all activity must be paused until public health authorities can conduct the necessary close contact assessment and testing.

Last week the GAA revealed its new rules for the resumption of competition, which included limits to panel sizes and water breaks in each half of action.

There will be no handshakes before or after games, no spitting or nose-clearing while any team huddles must be done where social distancing is observed.

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