GAA issues updated guidance to clubs to deal with potential Covid-19 cases

July 14, 2020

GAA's head of games administration Feargal McGill. ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo.

The GAA has this morning issued up to date guidance for its clubs on how to deal with suspected or positive Covid 19 cases.

GAA Director of Player, Club, and Games Administration, Fergal McGill explained the approach that should be adopted by clubs when dealing with a potential case.

"It is quite simple, if someone in a club gets the symptoms of Covid they should contact their GP," McGill said. 

"If their GP thinks they need to then they will arrange testing. Public health then take over. If it is a negative test the player can return to activity, if it is a positive test and the player has Covid, public health will then take over. 

"Public health will do an assessment on the player's movements in the previous days and will make a decision as to who should be considered a close contact or a casual contact in a GAA context."

Recent weeks have saw a return to GAA activity outdoors, with this coming weekend set to see a return to All County League action across the country.

"To date it appears to us in the risk assessments that have taken place anyone who is outdoors hasn't to date been considered a close contact," McGill added. 

"Where activities are outdoors it appears players are being considered casual rather than close contacts in those circumstances by public health, not by us."

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