The GAA has written to all clubs and county boards requesting that all club facilities now be closed, including grounds that have up until now been used for walking and other socially distant forms of exercise.
GAA Director General Tom Ryan sent the letter yesterday as the latest in a line of sure-footed steps that the GAA have made throughout the crisis.
All games and collective training sessions were suspended nearly two weeks ago now and all club bars and gyms were also shut straight away in line with Government advice.
The Association was able to offer facilities including Croke Park and UPMC Nowlan Park to the HSE for testing facilities and other grounds have also been put into the mix, including Pairc Uí Chaoimh in Cork and others where the layout of the facilities make it possible to set up bays.
“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,” said the letter.
“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 addition, clubs were asked to refrain from undertaking new capital projects while support funding for this type of work is suspended.
Ryan emphasised the critical importance of maintaining social distancing and also encouraged GAA volunteers to register their ability to help out in other areas by registering with Volunteer Ireland in the Republic of Ireland and Volunteer Now in Northern Ireland.
“We would like to thank everyone who has helped the GAA adhere to government guidelines up to this point,” he concluded.
“We would also like to assure you that we, and the wider GAA team across our counties and provinces, are working hard to ensure that we are in the best possible position to return to our games when that time comes.”
“In the meantime, please stay safe, look out for one another and continue to adhere to the instructions of the Government and the Health Authorities at this most challenging time.”
Good leadership and the right call at a time of national emergency.
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