GAA instructs clubs to completely shut all facilities

By Oisín McGovern

The GAA has instructed clubs to completely close all of their facilities until April 19.

The association has urged clubs to completely close their facilities, saying in a statement; “This is to include the use of all pitches and property for recreational purposes, including walking, casual games or gatherings.”

The organisation says the instructions are in line with newly-introduced government guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The GAA had previously instructed clubs to close their pitches, gyms and club bars.

Clubs have also been asked to erect signage indicating the closure of their facilities.

Most sporting activity across the country had been suspended until March 29. However, Taoiseach Leo Varadakar announced yesterday that all sporting activity would be suspended until April 19.

The Galway footballers’ Connacht Championship visit to New York on May 3 was recently postponed as a result of the Covid-19 threat.

The GAA stated: “As a national/ international organisation, we have a part to play in emphasising the need to practice social distancing, as outlined by the authorities.”

“We would like to thank everyone who has helped the GAA adhere to government guidelines up to this point.”

“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.”

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