Saturday, June 20, 2020

Club GAA grounds all across Roscommon and Ireland will once again become a hive of activity from this coming Wednesday, following an updated communication from the three Gaelic Games associations to their units this afternoon.

Under the new guidelines, non-contact adult training will be allowed on pitches from next Wednesday, June 24th, while non-contact minor training can resume on Saturday, June 27th, subject to all players following the protocols in place.

Castlerea St. Kevin’s U-8’s training in O’Rourke Park. Sights like this could be back in just nine days’ time.

Contact training and challenge games can resume from Monday June 29th, while non-participants will also be allowed into the ground from that date, up to a maximum of 200 people. Club fixtures may now take place from Friday, July 17th, which could open the door to Roscommon GAA revisiting their decision not to play league competitions.

The full email from the GAA’s communications department read as follows:

The following changes to the return to activity guidelines are being made after recommendations from this morning’s Covid-19 Advisory Committee.


These changes were subsequently endorsed by the GAA, the Camogie Association and the LGFA.


This week:


  • Open pitches for Adult training next Wednesday, June 24th.
  • Open for Minor and below from Saturday, June 27th.
  • Both of the above on a non-contact basis and on the understanding that players and all participants have completed the eLearning module and are following the control measures in place (health questionnaire etc).
  • On the basis of a maximum of 15 players in a designated area of the field (26 Counties) and 10 players in a designated area of the field (6 Counties).
  • Coaching numbers for underage teams to be consistent with Code of Behaviour.


From June 29th:


  • Allow contact training and challenge games for all from Monday, June 29th (26 Counties).
  • We await guidance from the NI Executive in relation to 6 Counties – non-contact training in the numbers outlined above in the interim.
  • We also await clarification on what will constitute a close contact versus a casual contact.
  • Restriction on participants-only attending training sessions to be relaxed from June 29th – subject to government specified maximum of 200 people in the ground.
  • Allow Club Fixtures from Friday July 17th.
  • No change to inter-county dates (Sept 14th for training; competitions to start on Oct 17th as planned).
  • All control measures for players, coaches and other team personnel (completion of health questionnaire, eLearning education etc) is to remain in place until advised otherwise; dressing rooms to remain closed until July 20th
  • The Advisory Committee is considering the position in relation to other GAA buildings (such as Club bars that are serving food, Gyms, Handball alleys etc). Guidance will be provided in this context before June 29th.


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