The GAA have suspended all club games ‘with immediate effect and until further notice’ in a letter circulated to county boards this afternoon.
The decision means that no more club games can be played in Laois leaving all championships unfinished except for the Intermediate football.
The teams most impacted by this news are the hurlers of Clough-Ballacolla, Borris-Kilcotton, Portlaoise, The Harps, Trumera and Rathdowney-Errill who were due to compete in the senior, premier intermediate and intermediate hurling finals this weekend.
It also takes the debate over what to do with Laois GAA’s unfinished senior club championship out of the Laois County Board’s hands.
While not confirmed, LaoisToday understands that club activity will be prohibited until the end of the inter-county season – which isn’t due to finish until the end of December.
The decision means that Laois county teams, senior and minor footballers, plus senior, minor and U-20 hurlers, presumably can continue their games.
The letter states: “The GAA’s Management Committee has today endorsed a decision to suspend all GAA Club games at all levels with immediate effect and until further notice.
“The decision has been taken in the interest of public safety following a number of incidents that have been brought to our attention in recent days. In particular, post-match celebrations and a lack of social distancing at certain events have proved disappointing and problematic.
“This directive applies to all ages and all grades across the island.
“Club Social Centres / bars are also to close.
“Training will continue to be permitted as per the guidelines outlined for the relevant levels in the Government’s National Framework for Living with Covid 19 and relevant guidelines in the Six Counties.
“The GAA will continue to monitor the situation in the coming days and weeks, regarding changes in government guidelines, before liaising with our units accordingly.
“The Association would also like to acknowledge all of those units who have worked diligently in complying with the public health advice around the staging of our games and training sessions since activity resumed.
“More than ever, we ask that you continue with this approach where training sessions for your players is continuing.”