Outdoor GAA facilities in Laois, Offaly and Kildare can reopen but no matches will take place, with the association's Covid Advisory Group satisfied that incidents of positives cases remain "miniscule" among those participating in Gaelic games within the affected areas.

It follows Monday's Covid-19 committee meeting with officials from three counties present.

On Friday, the government had confirmed that Laois, Offaly and Kildare would return to a partial shutdown after advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET). 

The GAA, Camogie Association, and the LGFA subsequently announced that no matches would take place for a period of two weeks and that all GAA grounds in the affected counties were to remain closed until further notice.

While outdoor GAA facilities will now be able to reopen, non-contact training with a limit of 15 people can also take place and indoor meetings cannot involve more than six people from no more than three households, and with social distancing measures in place.

The Covid Advisory Group stated that they "are satisfied that to date the incidence of reported positive Covid cases among those participating in Gaelic Games in Laois, Offaly and Kildare is miniscule, and no higher or lower than the general incidence among GAA clubs nationwide."

The statement added that it is "the associations' expectation that once restrictions are lifted in those counties that clubs will be able to resume activity on the basis that their fellow clubs in the other 29 counties are currently operating."

Elsewhere, two more clubs, Claughaun in Limerick city and Strokestown in Roscommon, have suspended activities because of Covid-19 concerns. 

In a statement Claughan GAA said on their Facebook page: "Due to notification of a positive Covid-19 test within the club, all activities have been suspended until further notice. Entry to club grounds is strictly prohibited and the club await clarification regarding upcoming fixtures. All members are encouraged to adhere to HSE guidelines."

In Strokestown, the suspected case involves a person who was present in the club grounds before showing symptoms. Monday night's minor championship game against Oran/St Croans was, as a result, cancelled.