Dublin GAA has moved to clarify the recommendations around what clubs and teams might do in the event of a positive test for Covid-19.
In the capital as well it has been confirmed that the Allianz Cumman an mBunscoil competitions that are a highlight of the school sporting calendar have been deferred to January due to concerns over the ability of parents to bring individual team players to matches.
Dublin GAA CEO John Costello wrote to clubs last night in light of Raheny GAA’s closing down of their senior football team after a player tested positive, likely from his work in a medical setting.
“In following the GAA Covid-19 Safe Return to Gaelic Games guidelines and protocols, Dublin County Board, through our Clubs, have invested a significant workload in putting in place these guidelines and protocols – the sole purpose being the safety of our members and our communities but also trying to maximise the playing of our games in the current Covid-19 environment,” he said.
“Games and training sessions should not be cancelled due to the confirmation of positive Covid-19 case to a member of one of our clubs.”
“Those individuals who are clearly Close Contacts, like family members, should cease involvement with their clubs until tested. ”
“However, all others should continue as Casual Contacts unless advised to the contrary by the HSE.”
“However, I do accept that it is the prerogative of each club to adopt a cautious approach if they decide to suspend activity, but the DCB games programme will continue as scheduled.”
As case numbers rise and the age of those impacted falls, it is likely that more teams and clubs will have to face up to a call on what they do.
At least the guidelines are there in place.