Limerick hurling manager John Kiely has called for 'solidarity' as the country attempts to deal with the Covid-19 outbreak.

All GAA matches and collective training have been suspended until 29 March, at the earliest, with questions remaining over what form the season might take.

The Treaty men are already assured of a place in the Allianz League semi-final, but Kiely told RTÉ Radio 1's Morning Ireland that they're only thinking about frontline workers at this time.

"At the moment we're worried about the health and welfare of our family, our friends, our neighbours," he said.

"I take great confidence from the fact that we have Dr Tony Holohan and his team, and the government, I think they're really on top of things.

"They're being well-supported by the Gardaí, the Army, our health service workers. We've over 120,000 people working in the health sector.

"I think out of respect for the effort that they're putting in right now, I think everybody else needs to follow suit and do what they can.

"They're at the coalface, they're doing what they can putting in huge, huge shifts at great expense to them and their families.

"And at huge risk, as well. So in solidarity we need to do what's right and do whatever's expected of us, and that's the bottom line."

Limerick GAA yesterday postponed all of its club fixtures beyond the date given by Croke Park, with games in April now also suspended.

The GAA are expected to further clarify what the next step might be for the season this week, with different proposals being mooted if the Championship calendar needs to be shortened.

Kiely says he has no concerns over his players remaining fit.

"Since Thursday we've realised that a far bigger challenge is coming over the horizon," he added.

"As for our players we've given them their individual programmes that they can work on themselves at home.

"They're well-able to manage that. They're as qualified as an awful lot of the people who are instructing them.

"They've been through the mill a number of years now. They know what's expected of them, they need to look after themselves and ensure that when this is all over that they can resume full training again.

"It's an opportunity for them to rehab injuries and freshen up, and come back with a great appetite.

"Sport will be a huge player in lifting the spirits of the nation when it does come back on the agenda when this is all over."