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Forkhill club lauds honesty of player caught in coronavirus scare 



Gaelic football

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Vigilance: Stephen McGeehan

Vigilance: Stephen McGeehan

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The Ulster Council has reiterated its appeal to clubs across the province to "follow rigidly" the guidelines and protocols which are in place to combat the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

This comes in the wake of the decision on the part of the Forkhill club in south Armagh to suspend all activities following a health scare.

It is understood that a member of the public who had tested positive for Covid-19 had been in contact with a member of the club, who immediately put in place procedures for dealing with the situation and their prompt action appears to have alleviated concerns in the area.

Forkhill is a neighbouring club of Killeavy, where five cases in all of the virus were highlighted towards the end of last week.

It had initially been anticipated that Forkhill would review the situation tomorrow but, in a statement issued yesterday, the club confirmed that all additional tests which had been carried out had come back negative.

The statement goes on: "Our club can now open for games, training and all related activities from today. We thank the player concerned for his honesty, openness and co-operation over the past few days. We thank Armagh county board, the Competitions Control Committee, Belleek, Shane O'Neill's and Silverbridge for their understanding and co-operation."

The Forkhill club cancelled all games at various levels in which it was to be involved over the course of the weekend but is now particularly keen to get back on track with their fixtures itinerary.

Dundrum have become the latest GAA club to suspend activity following a positive Covid-19 result. A club member tested positive for coronavirus yesterday so all activity will be halted until August 3 "at the earliest". The Down side are taking advice from the Public Health Agency.

It follows Armagh outfit Killeavy, Down side Longstone and Tyrone club Eglish taking similar action after Covid-19 cases.

Ten clubs in Derry also suspended activity as a precaution after a spike in cases around Limavady.

The Ulster Council has made it clear that clubs must continue to abide by the regulations governing the manner in which instances of Covid-19 are dealt with.

"It is imperative that the strict guidelines are followed," said Operations Stephen McGeehan.

"The health and wellbeing of all our players, officials, volunteers and fans is absolutely vital.

"While we are encouraged that games are up and running again, we have to be always mindful that the Covid-19 virus is still out there within the community at large and we must always be aware of the risks that this involves."

County boards are understood to be tightening up arrangements at grounds for forthcoming club matches and the crowd limits - which range from 250 to 400 depending on particular circumstances relative to individual ties and venues - will be stepped up.

Belfast Telegraph