The Government's revised version of the 'Living with Covid-19' plan which will be published later this month is likely to prove a key document in the GAA's vision for the season ahead. 

Last night, the organisation revealed that Government representatives have clarified that inter-county activity is not covered under the current Level 5 exemptions for elite sports.

The GAA's Covid advisory group outlined that a return to on-field activity is unlikely to be allowed until Easter at the earliest. 

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, the GAA's director of communications Alan Milton said: "We're waiting for the publication of the tweaked Living with Covid-19 document.

"While I don't think it will give absolutes, in terms of dates and timelines, it may give us some insights as what might be possible." 

The enforced delay in the return to GAA activity is something officials had been anticipating.  

"It's obvious to everybody that the exemption we got last winter to proceed with the senior inter-county championships was exactly that – an exemption," Milton added. 

"While it was welcome and the championships went off really well, I think the Government are dealing with a different scenario at the moment, in terms of different strains and the rates out there. 

"It's a disappointment, but I think we're just going to have to knuckle down and show some of the flexibility that we showed in 2020 bracing into 2021."

While other elite sports are proceeding, Milton admitted that the GAA's amateur ethos made play at the moment impossible. 

"We can't bubble our players, they're amateur sportspeople," he said. 

"They float around in the community after they train and they play. That's a given.  

"There may will be an international dimension to those codes, in the case of soccer, that is different to us. But I'd like to think that the GAA showed how it could run its competitions last year, and that as soon as it's possible to get them back up and running, that we'll be allowed to do so."

Taoiseach Micheál Martin told Morning Ireland that he thought the inter-county scene worked well last season, but that it was always timed to end at the end of the year, adding that he thought it provided a boost to society. 

"There's a balance here in terms of the mental health of people and in terms of quality of life," he said. 

"We want to keep activity levels low in society more generally, in terms of mobility and in terms of the potential for the spread of the disease."

Mr Martin also referenced the role the updated 'Living with Covid-19' plan would play on dictating sporting activity and a return to play, adding: "We'll also be looking at it in the context of the plan that is being revisited by us currently.

"We'll look at sport more generally."