The GAA notes and welcomes the plans published by the government last Friday and some of the dates included relating to the possible return of sporting activity, including Gaelic games.
The Association will attempt to seek clarity around some of the issues that have arisen in internal discussions since last Friday including the challenge of social distancing in contact sport.
GAA facilities are to remain closed as part of efforts to prevent gatherings which breach the restrictions.
We are instructing our clubs and counties to continue to adhere to the restrictions and to refrain from organising on-field activity. These measures are expected to remain in place until July 20.
We will continue to monitor the dates and timelines as revealed by the Government and our arrangements will remain under constant review.
Our units are reminded that the Player Injury scheme is suspended and will remain so until an official return to action protocol is confirmed.
The GAA still firmly hopes to be able to play county and club competitions this year, subject of course to public health guidance. We can confirm however that no inter-county games are expected to take place before October.
Counties are asked, in the interest of players, to suspend all inter-county training until further notice. There will be a phased resumption of training at both club and county level to allow players to prepare appropriately for playing games.
While not categorically ruling out the possible staging of games behind closed doors later in the year, there appears to be a lack of appetite for this type of fixture-scheduling at the current time across the wider Association.
The GAA can also confirm the appointment of a dedicated Covid-19 Advisory Group which will advise the Association on matters relating to return to play protocols and other similar issues.
Please note the GAA Museum will also close from 5pm on Thursday March 12th
and will remain closed until Monday July 20th
. No tours will operate during this time.
If you have already booked a tour, the GAA Museum team will be in touch to process a full refund. Please check crokepark.ie/gaamuseum
for further updates.
If you have a Croke Park Meetings & Events booking or query, please contact the team on [email protected]
The GAA will continue to liaise with Government officials and review the situation to assess the impact of these measures on our competitions and events.
Finally, the GAA would again like to thank our members and units for their support at this time and for continuing to adhere to the government guidelines.