Ulster GAA executives are awaiting formal confirmation from the Northern Ireland Assembly on the number of spectators that will be allowed to attend club games in the jurisdiction.

Officials are hopeful that crowds will soon be allowed back, and possibly in numbers of up to 500 for games in Fermanagh, Armagh, Tyrone, Down, Antrim and Derry.

There is no official indication yet as to whether that will be the case. 

Ulster GAA PRO Declan Woods confirmed to RTE Sport this morning that the Northern Ireland Executive's agenda of business is not made public and, as a result, the council cannot be sure a decision will be given today by Stormont.

But there is a strong chance that the matter will be discussed by the Executive this afternoon.

Up to now games within the province have been played behind closed doors.

All signs are that Stormont is now ready to give the green light to spectators returning to games and also give further clarity on numbers allowed at those fixtures.

Crowd limits of 200 are currently in place in the Republic but such restrictions have placed county boards under considerable strain as they struggle to cope with demand from spectators.

Most county committees have turned to live streaming of games in order to keep fans up to speed on local fixtures.

There is also a sense of optimism that crowd figures could be increased to 500 in the six counties, and all eyes will be on Stormont as a decision on this issue looms.

Like every other unit of the GAA, the Ulster Council has been hit badly by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Under a £500,000 hardship fund for the north’s sporting sector, Stormont already released grants of up to £2,000 per GAA – and other community sport – clubs.

Council officials expected to take in €1.6m in gate receipts for the 2020 Ulster Championship and estimate another €1m has been lost in commercial income.