GAA updates its Covid-19 guidelines

The GAA has issued updated guidelines on the association's response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

A circular issued to clubs stated: "We previously advised that, until March 29th, games and training were suspended, club gyms were to close, and Player Injury Fund cover was suspended.

"We subsequently instructed that club bars should also close for the period.

"Please be advised that, in line with recent government announcements, these measures and closures are now extended to Sunday, April 19 inclusive, at which stage arrangements will be reviewed.

"In addition, we are now instructing GAA Clubs to close their facilities completely.

"This is to include the use of all pitches and property for recreational purposes, including walking, casual games or gatherings.

"Where it is not possible to restrict access please erect signage to the effect that all GAA facilities are closed and all activity suspended.

"In order to facilitate an orderly resumption of activities when circumstances permit, clubs are encouraged to proceed as normal with their membership registration process where practical.

"Clubs of course should be mindful of the possible changed financial circumstances of members.

"Similarly, club lottos may proceed if they are run on an online basis and do not involve wholesale engagement with the public.

"Clubs are also advised to refrain from undertaking new capital projects while support funding for this type of work is suspended.

"We have a part to play in emphasising the need to practice social distancing, as outlined by the authorities.

"It is imperative that we exercise extreme caution keeping two metres between people when taking physical exercise while encouraging people to consider using off-peak times when they are less likely to meet others."