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Fergal McGill, Director of Player, Club & Games Administration, has said the casual contacts of positive coronavirus cases can continue to play GAA if they are symptom free. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Fergal McGill, Director of Player, Club & Games Administration, has said the casual contacts of positive coronavirus cases can continue to play GAA if they are symptom free. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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Fergal McGill, Director of Player, Club & Games Administration, has said the casual contacts of positive coronavirus cases can continue to play GAA if they are symptom free. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

The GAA have updated their guidance to clubs about how to deal with suspected or positive Covid-19 cases, with players and personnel allowed to continue their involvement if remaining symptom-free.

Players who have been in "casual contact" with a Covid-19 case can continue to play unless symptoms develop, while those who have been in "close contact" with a suspected case are instructed to have no involvement until being cleared to return.

Fergal McGill, GAA director of player, club, and games administration, said: "It is quite simple, if someone in a club gets the symptoms of Covid, they should contact their GP.

"If their GP thinks they need to, then they will arrange testing. Public health then takes 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 facilities including dressing-rooms and gyms will remain closed until further notice as they "try to keep players outdoors as much as possible", with former Westmeath and Carlow boss Luke Dempsey seeing that as a small sacrifice to make for the GAA season to recommence.

"We have to do whatever is necessary, so I don't mind having to deal with players outside of a dressing-room environment. It'll be awkward if it's lashing rain," Dempsey said.

"I don't mind doing whatever is needed. The choice is to have that or have no games at all and I know which I'd prefer."

Irish Independent