Covid 19 signage at Listry GAA club in Listry, Kerry.
Covid 19 signage at Listry GAA club in Listry, Kerry.

Guidance for clubs dealing with positive or suspected Covid 19 cases

The GAA has issued updated guidance to clubs about how to deal with suspected or positive Covid 19 cases.

Fergal McGill, GAA Director of Player, Club, and Games Administration, explains the approach to be adopted by clubs.

"It is quite simple, if someone in a club gets the symptoms of Covid they should contact their GP," McGill says. 

"If their GP thinks they need to then they will arrange testing. Public health then take over. If it is a negative test the player can return to activity, if it is a positive test and the player has Covid, public health will then take over. 

"Public health will do an assessment on the player's movements in the previous days and will make a decision as to who should be considered a close contact or a casual contact in a GAA context."

GAA activity has been outside in recent weeks.

"To date it appears to us in the risk assessments that have taken place anyone who is outdoors hasn't to date been considered a close contact," McGill adds. 

"Where activities are outdoors it appears players are being considered casual rather than close contacts in those circumstances by public health, not by us."