Last Monday night, Omagh St Enda's players stepped out onto the Healy Park pitch for their first full-contact session since the GAA shutdown almost four months ago.
It had been a long time coming. The club had spent the lockdown wisely and had appointed a Covid group within their membership. They were lucky enough to be able to call upon the advice of one of their senior players, Dr Hugh Gallagher.
Club captain when they won the county title back in 2014, Gallagher is one of three brothers who play for St Enda's engaged with the coronavirus pandemic.
While Hugh is a GP in Strabane, he was redeployed to Altnagelvin Hospital twice a week for Covid-19 assessment shifts.
His brother Michael is a doctor in the Western Trust as a locum GP and in the out of hours service.
Turlough, younger again, is also a doctor who went on to become a lieutenant in the Irish Army and during the coronavirus pandemic has been working in Connolly Hospital.
I think your biggest issues with return to play would be your team-mates standing about in training, the dressing rooms and the general increase in social interaction.
While there is a great deal of anguish about a return to full-contact training, Gallagher's views are rooted in medical expertise.
His domestic arrangements mean he lives with just wife Gemma and no vulnerable older relatives, and he is aware that others do not have those freedoms and have to make their own choices.
"It is 19 times more unlikely to transmit outside or on the field of play than would be sitting in the house," he said.
"Close contact is defined as 15 minutes sitting within two metres of someone. So on a football field outside, even if you are standing alongside your man, you are within two metres. But if there is just one man you are marking, generally on the field of play you are talking split second, half a second, maybe a second-and-a-half's contact.
"You would be desperately unlucky to catch anything from that point of view."
Gallagher points to the wider social interactions that occur within the GAA as a greater cause for concern when games resume from Friday, July 17.
"I think your biggest issues with return to play would be your team-mates standing about in training, the dressing rooms and the general increase in social interaction that having games back on will have, as opposed to players on the field of play," he explained.
"People standing at the gate to take admission money, people in the stands, it's people along those lines who are more at risk than the players themselves as long as we follow protocols that the GAA have put in place.
"I suppose it's a gradual approach, we haven't seen an increase in the R value with all the measures that we have taken now. You are going to get clusters, not speaking from a medical point of view, but there is a risk there and that will need to be the part that needs managed more carefully rather than the field of play."
In late June, the extent of how long coronavirus will remain was illustrated by Professor Paddy Mallon, consultant in infectious diseases in St Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin when he said: "I and others in the infectious diseases clinical community believe that it is inevitable that we will experience a resurgence of cases as we relax restrictions and permit more travel.
"Despite the optimism in some quarters in recent weeks, we are still in the midst of a national health emergency and our citizens are no less at risk of severe illness and death if they contract Covid-19 infection now than they were back in March."
Medical officials are steeling themselves for a second wave, but also looking for ways to exist alongside it.
"I am well aware that this virus is not going away. And unless you get a vaccination, and that may or may not happen, this virus will stay here," said Gallagher.
"So I am well aware that it is here and absolutely if we go back to the way we were, this virus will spread. There's a very distinct possibility coming into the winter time that it will spread.
"The only thing is when you look at how people are living now compared with three, four months ago, yes things are opening up but not to what it was before.
"Before there was coronavirus, I might have been in contact with 200 or 300 people a week, whereas that is now down to maybe four or five."
His working day completely flipped after the breakout of infections. He was used to dozens of patients filing into the surgery. It all changed to telephone conversations overnight.
"The difference is that people are very aware now. Their behaviours have changed so if it does spread, it would be in a very controlled manner," he added.
The question now with the games set to resume is just how we look at our involvement in Gaelic games. Will it be as competitive as before or have a more relaxed attitude among people who continue to go through a global pandemic?
"Once you cross the white line you will play with the same intensity. But I think the feeling around the club and the teams, certainly it will be that you are there to enjoy it. To do your best and enjoy it," added Gallagher.
"Once you do that, you will take whatever comes your way as opposed to this 'win at all costs' mentality. It won't change your perspective but it does show you that if you lose it is not the end of the world."