The six counties under the jurisdiction of the Northern Ireland Executive will be able to continue preparations for the resumption of the Allianz Leagues this weekend and for the forthcoming Ulster Championship.

This is despite the latest guidelines issued by the executive covering the next four weeks.

New directives issued by the executive today called for hospitality businesses to be limited to takeaway and delivery services from Friday, after fears grew that infections would rise further if hospitality premises remained open.

"With the news that we got today, and with the announcement made by the First Minister Arlene Foster, we can confirm that elite sport is excluded from the latest restrictions," says Ulster GAA Head of Operations, Stephen McGeehan.

"That exemption includes ourselves in the GAA, our under-17 and under-20 teams, and the ladies' Gaelic football and camogie associations.

"That's the confirmation we have received," McGeehan added.

RTÉ Sport understands that that with further restrictions possible in the South, similar exemptions will be sought which will keep the upcoming championships on course for conclusion.

The latest restrictions have been introduced in the North to combat the growing spread of coronavirus there.

From this Friday, no indoor sport or organised contact sport involving mixing of households will take place, other than at elite level, can take place.

The restrictions will be in place for four weeks.

Meanwhile, the GAA’s Central Competitions Control Committee will reconvene later today to give an update on this weekend’s Fermanagh and Clare Allianz League clash.

Fermanagh, with 10 players testing positive for coronavirus – and seven others isolating – had looked for that Ennis fixture to be postponed.

But it appears unlikely that they will be successful in their request, meaning that they will either forfeit the game or field a team consisting of players that are available.

Meanwhile, Longford and other counties are also waiting to see if they can play their Allianz League game at a neutral venue instead of travelling north, over fears of high Covid-19 incidence rates in those areas.

Again, it’s not believed that their requests will be successful.