"We are now instructing GAA clubs to close their facilities completely"

March 25, 2020

Director General Tom Ryan and President John Horan at the launch of the GAA's Annual Report. ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo.

The GAA has requested that all club facilities be off limits due to the growing concerns of Covid-19.

As the cancellation of all sports stretches into April, the Association are asking clubs to "close their facilities completely." 

A statement released this evening by GAA President John Horan and Director General Tom Ryan reads: "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."

The GAA has also published the latest information and advice from the HSE for those who wish to volunteer in response to the coronavirus.

See the statement in full here: https://www.gaa.ie/news/latest-gaa-update-on-covid-19/


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