Cork GAA executive continue to plan with all activity on hold due to Covid-19

Cork GAA executive continue to plan with all activity on hold due to Covid-19
Coronavirus sport: Páirc Uí Rinn GAA stadium in Cork is all quiet with matches and training off due to the pandemic. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

WHILE the GAA is on hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the executive of Cork County Board met via video conference this week. 

The board confirmed that "no activities should be undertaken at any club grounds between now and April 12, (including grass cutting), apart from emergency situations."

An update on the Páirc Uí Chaoimh audit will be provided to the next executive meeting, which is scheduled for April 14. 

Cork GAA employees are now working remotely while issues with staffing and salaries will be covered through guidance received from Croke Park. Clubs with employees were advised to follow the same protocol and contact HRqueries@gaa.ie.

Unsurprisingly, no decisions regarding club competitions were taken for now; the fate of the inter-county season will dictate the options in all counties. 

Cork were this year set to introduce a round-robin series across the tiers but they could be forced to row back on that depending on when the coronavirus situation eases. Indeed April was a designated 'club month'.

Covid-19 testing is currently ongoing at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, though there is a joint Cork GAA/Páirc Uí Chaoimh business plan progressing in association with BDO Eaton Square.

In other news, the Cork GAA website stated: "A development proposal from Bishopstown GAA was passed, subject to County Board approval.

"Various projects under the remit of the executive are ongoing, including child protection compliance and the enforcement of regulations for camps with regard to child protection, safety and insurance.

"A subcommittee of the executive is to be set up under the chairmanship of development officer Pat Horgan to examine all aspects of independent teams ahead of the 2021 season."

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