GAA CLUBS have been instructed to shut their facilities completely as the battle against the Covid-19 stepped up this week.
Matches and collective training was already off limits, while bars and club gyms were previously shut, but now the GAA has ordered a complete closure.
The latest move – following an announcement by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Tuesday about new measures the Government were laying down in a bid to curb the threat of coronavirus – means that walking/jogging trails will also be closed.
Some GAA clubs in Donegal have such facilities in place, but they will no longer be open to the public.
“Where it is not possible to restrict access please erect signage to the effect that all GAA facilities are closed and all activity suspended,” clubs were told in a statement.
These measures are in place until April 19 at the earliest.
“We are now instructing GAA Clubs to close their facilities completely. This is to include the use of all pitches and property for recreational purposes, including walking, casual games or gatherings.”
However, the GAA instruction has given clubs permission to seek membership fees and also to run club lottos on an online basis.
The statement said: “In order to facilitate an orderly resumption of activities when circumstances permit, Clubs are encouraged to proceed as normal with their membership registration process where practical. Clubs, of course, should be mindful of the possible changed financial circumstances of members.
“Similarly, club lottos may proceed if they are run on an online basis and do not involve wholesale engagement with the public.
“Clubs are also advised to refrain from undertaking new capital projects while support funding for this type of work is suspended.”