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Covid Restrictions - Important Update

February 10, 2021

A chara,

The GAA's Covid Advisory Group met this evening to consider the outcome of a meeting between the three Gaelic

Games governing bodies (GAA, Ladies Gaelic Football Association and Camogie Association) and representatives

of the lrish Government, including the Minister of State for Sport, which took place earlier this week. The meeting

was held to brief the governing bodies on the short-term prospects for a return to training and playing of our


The Government representatives clarified that inter-county Gaelic Games activity is not covered under the

current Level 5 exemptions for elite sports. As such a return to intercounty training or games is not permitted

under the current restrictions.

It was also clear that there will not be any change to this position post-March 5th when the restrictions currently

in place are reviewed.

It is the view of the GAA's Covid Advisory group that no on field activity will be permitted - training or games -

until Easter at the earliest. ln the interim, it is expected that the Government will publish an updated "Living with

Covid" plan and we expect that this will provide clarity on when clubs and counties are likely to be allowed return

to training and games in 2021. It should also provide clarity on when other off-field club activities may be

permitted to resume.

It is clear that this extended delay to the planned return of the inter county season will have knock-on effects for

both the inter county and club games programmes originally planned for 2021. As of now the GAA have made no

firm decisions on what competitions may or may not be facilitated in any revised fixture programme - such

decisions will be a factor of how much time is made available to us, both for an inter county season and for the

broader participation levels that will be necessary for a meaningful club season. While we will begin to look at

contingency plans for the Master Fixtures programme, we will not be able to take definitive decisions in this

context until we have a clear picture of what restrictions we are likely to be operating under at various points in

the year ahead.

Rest assured however, that once clarity is provided by Government and Public Health Authorities on the likely

road ahead for societry generally and sport in particular, the GAA willfollow with its own roadmap and plan for

our own activities at both inter-county and club level, that will cover whatever time is available to us for the

remainder of the year.

We know these latest developments will come as a great disappointment to all those who are anxious to resume

their Gaelic Games involvement, be it on or off the field. While we remain in the midst of a deadly pandemic,

there is significant cause for optimism that much better days lie ahead. The manner in which we have endured

and overcome thus far, both as individual members and as an Association generally, has been praised by many

and is a cause of great pride to us all. With your help we are certain that we will eventually have a fulfilling season

at both club and county level in 2021, just as we had in 2020.

Finally, we would again like to take this opportunity to thank our members, players, coaches, managers and

officers at all levels for their patience and understanding of the current situation and for co-operating with all of

the restrictions that have been put in place. We want to remind you all again that we will prepare a revised

Master Fixture Calendar and plan for the remainder of 2021once a new Government road map for society and

sport is made available.

ls muidne,

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