Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said there remains a "possibility" of the 2020 All-Ireland football and hurling championships being played behind closed doors.

The government today announced that the current restrictions regarding the Covid-19 pandemic will be extended until 18 May while introducing a five-phase road map for how Irish society and the economy will slowly reopen.

According to the roadmap, GAA and soccer teams will be allowed resume activities from 20 July, but only where limitations are placed on the numbers of spectators and where social distancing can be maintained.

Speaking on the Late Late Show, Varadkar indicated that the possibility of the 2020 hurling and football championships being played without spectators remains an option.

''There is a possibility of an All-Ireland championship played behind closed doors this year," he said, adding it would be a matter for the GAA.

The financial implications meanwhile of having no further inter-county GAA action in 2020 are becoming starker by the day.

Yesterday, staff at Croke Park were informed of pay deferrals for May. Further cuts are expected in June.

In a conference call, county board officials were told that last year's record-breaking revenue haul of €73.9m could be down to as low as €10m this year – if there is no inter-county fixtures calendar. Potential outgoings, however, could rise up to €25m.

RTÉ Sport also understands that, as the cost of having no provincial championships will be extreme, every effort is being made to safeguard jobs and existing structures.