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Covid-19: Safe return for Gaelic Games

The GAA and LGFA have published a plan for a safe return to Gaelic games. It offers a route back to competitive activity, subject to the government timelines being achieved. It is broken down into sections covering the following areas: Medical advice; Preparing for a safe return; Information for players and team personnel; and a roadmap for return to activity. Broadly speaking the road map looks something like this. As part of the return strategy we will need to roll out an online education programme and new measures around temperature checking and complete some essential documentation before training and games. There will be gradual return to on-field non-contact activity in small groups commences in Phase Three of the Government's plan, currently projected for Monday June 29th. We hope to see contact sport return in Phase Four, Monday July 20th, with all forms of team and group training permitted. This should then be followed by a resumption of club competitions for all cohorts from Friday July 31st.

As ever, Aodh Ruadh, are following Croke Park's guidance closely. We all want to get back on the pitch and playing the games we love, but it is vital this is done in the right way and steered by best practice. To ensure this happens, training and games will be managed very closely over the coming months. Managers will have a significantly increased workload. Players will have to comply with regulations which are aimed at protecting the welfare of the whole community. Spectators and supporters will also have to play their part too. It is essential that all parties recognise that these measures being introduced are for the common good, and comply with them fully and promptly. If we all play our part now, the sooner we can hope to return to something approaching normality.

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Last modified: Monday, 8 June 2020 at 8:20pm