Saturday, June 20, 2020

Portlaoise celebrate winning last year’s SFC title Photo: Denis Byrne

By Denis J. Croke

The GAA, the Camogie Association and the LGFA announced today changes to their return to play roadmap following yesterday’s announcement by the Government. This means that adult training can resume on this coming Wednesday with minors and underage allowed return to training from Saturday next.

The fact that challenge games can now take place from Monday 29 June 29 and championship games can resume from Friday 17 July the likelihood is that Laois championship games will be brought forward.

Only last week Laois GAA unveiled their revised championship fixture list with the hurling championships getting underway on the weekend of Friday 31 July/Sunday 2 August with the first round of the football championships being played between Thursday 6 August and Sunday 9 August

There will be change to the inter-county dates already announced for training and matches.

The full GAA statement read:

The following changes to the return to activity guidelines are being made after recommendations from this morning’s Covid-19 Advisory Committee

This week:

  • Open pitches for Adult training next Wednesday, June 24th
    • Open for Minor and below from Saturday, June 27th
    • Both of the above on a non-contact basis and on the understanding that players and all participants have completed the eLearning module and are following the control measures in place (health questionnaire etc).
    • On the basis of a maximum of 15 players in a designated area of the field (26 Counties) and 10 players in a designated area of the field (6 Counties).
    • Coaching numbers for underage teams to be consistent with Code of Behaviour.

From June 29th:
• Allow contact training and challenge games for all from Monday, June 29th (26 Counties).
• We await guidance from the NI Executive in relation to 6 Counties – noncontact training in the numbers outlined above in the interim.
• We also await clarification on what will constitute a close contact versus a casual contact.
• Restriction on participants only attending training sessions to be relaxed from June 29th – subject to government specified maximum of 200 people in the ground.
• Allow Club Fixtures from Friday July 17th

  • No change to inter-county dates (Sept 14th for training; competitions to start on Oct 17th as planned).
    • All control measures for players, coaches and other team personnel (completion of health questionnaire, eLearning education etc) is to remain in place until advised otherwise; dressing rooms to remain closed until July 20
    • The Advisory Committee is considering the position in relation to other GAA buildings (such as Club bars that are serving food, Gyms, Handball alleys etc). Guidance will be provided in this context before June 29th.


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