The GAA is expected to give more guidance this weekend around return-to-play protocols as club games recommence around the country from next Friday.

Further details around the protocols for a positive Covid-19 test by a player in a club are anticipated. More information on what is defined as a 'close and casual contact' is also expected to be provided. 

The GAA's Covid-19 advisory group met earlier this week to discuss this matter and it's understood that more details on the return-to-play process will be shared with clubs in the coming days. 

The update will coincide with three GAA clubs in west Cork temporarily pausing all activity.

Ballinascarthy and St Oliver Plunkett's became the second and third clubs to confirm a suspension of GAA activities to comply with HSE public health advice.

In a statement released on its Facebook page yesterday, another west Cork club, Argideen Rangers, confirmed they have stalled all activity until Saturday at the earliest.


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Club officials hope to make another statement then when they have received more clarity and information on the issue.

The statement read: "This is a precautionary measure and is because a number of club members have told us that they may have been in contact with a person subsequently confirmed to have Covid-19.

"We in Argideen Rangers GAA feel it sensible and prudent to ensure to temporarily suspend both underage and adult group activities.

"We understand that anyone identified by Public Health authorities as a close contact will be tested for Covid-19.

"We will keep you posted on the resumption of activities and remind you to respect the privacy of all involved."

The GAA’s return-to-play protocols state that, in the event of a suspected Covid-19 case, all further activity must be stopped until public health contact tracers carry out full close contact assessment and testing.

Argideen are due to face Dungourney in the intermediate 'A’ Championship and last weekend they continued preparations for this clash with a challenge match against Kilbrittain.

Club championships are due to commence around the country from next Friday, with the Cork championships beginning a week later on 24 July.

County boards have worked hard to put fixture programmes in place, with respective finals scheduled to take place in a window from late August to early October.

Last week, a club hurler in Kilkenny was diagnosed with Covid-19 and later recovered fully. 

Team-mates identified via contact tracing returned negative results and club activity resumed following a seven-day precautionary period.

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