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Roadmap Phase 4 - Aug 31st

This Monday 31st August sees the commencement of Phase 4 in our Return to safe play roadmap.

In line with current government recommendations members are advised that as we progress to phase 4 the following restrictions apply.

  • The maximum number of people permitted indoors is 6.
  • In line with current government restrictions all sport must be played behind closed doors and therefore viewing galleries must remain closed until further notice.
  • Dressing rooms must remain closed until further notice.

The GAA’s Covid Advisory committee have issued updated guidance in relation to attendance at underage games/training. This advice is based on updated guidelines issued on behalf of the Government by Sport Ireland:

  • Parents/Guardians attending in a safeguarding /supervisory capacity are not classified as a spectator however strict social distancing and public health guidelines should be adhered to at all times. In that context, one parent/guardian per child is permitted to attend at a sporting event, including a game or training session, should they consider it necessary.

  • The GAA Health Questionnaires MUST be completed by parents/guardians in advance of attendance.

Phase 4 will see the commencement of competition at National level with the draws for the Softball Mens & Ladies Open Singles Championships due to be released early next week.

Counties/Provinces who have run championships are asked to adhere to the following advice in relation to trophy presentations.

  • Ideally, the physical handing over of cups should be avoided. Instead the trophy can be placed on a stand or presentation podium between the presenter and the recipient. Hand sanitising measures should be in place if a trophy is going to be presented
  • Group photographs are discouraged for the obvious reason of the challenges they present as regards social distancing.

Members are reminded that the progress to Phase 4 on Monday is in line with recommendations in the GAA Handball Return to Play Document and that clubs and members are required to follow same in order to allow a safe return for members.

Clubs are also reminded that as always there is no onus on any club to reopen should they not feel comfortable in doing so.

As this is an ever changing situation further updated information/advice will be issued when it becomes available.


Information is available to clubs at the below links:

  • Click here for the Return to play document & Roadmap
  • Click here for the Return to play Webinar.
  • Click here for resources and information.

In the meantime if a club requires any further clarification please email and we will endeavour to provide same.


John Kelly
National Manager
GAA Handball