GAA clubs that were depending on weekly drive-in bingo as a means of much-needed revenue have been left disappointed this evening with GAA clarification that such events can no longer take place.
The novel initiative had become very popular in Roscommon clubs like Castlerea St. Kevin’s, Shannon Gaels, St. Faithleach’s and Kilglass Gaels in recent months.
Ahead of this weekend’s return of intercounty action, the GAA has updated clubs in terms of what is permitted under the current health guidelines.
“The additional Level 3 restrictions have removed the exemption for adult club games. The Government have stated that this will be the position until at least November 10th.
“In the interim, and while training is allowed at both adult and underage, it must be on a non-contact basis in pods of no more than 15 people in counties that are in Level 3. The advice for Ulster counties remains as per the communication from the Ulster Council yesterday.
“Commercial use of indoor halls continues to be permitted where agreement was in place prior to March and relevant insurance are in place. Use by State bodies e.g. HSE/schools is also permitted.
“In light of updated advice, drive-in events (such as bingo etc.) are no longer permitted to take place,” read the GAA’s statement.