An announcement is due later this week that the Stormont Executive are to relax Coronavirus restrictions on attendances for outdoor activities, in time for the resumption of club action in Gaelic Games from July 17.
However, some contention awaits as they are working off the assumption that games played right up until the end of August - which is around the launch of club Championship time in this most unusual of years - there will be no more than 500 permitted inside the gates of venues, inclusive of teams, management and all the event organisers.
In order to police these numbers, the GAA are already in an advanced stage of negotiations with software developers to create an app for spectators to use while attending games, thereby avoiding potential health issues with the exchange of money.
Last week, competitive games between clubs was permitted and, while the Health Service Executive in the Republic of Ireland issued guidelines that permitted 200 in attendance at games this weekend - rising to 500 the following weekend - it was feared that clubs could not admit anyone to watch their games in the six counties of Northern Ireland.
Stephen McGeehan of the GAA's Ulster Council and the GAA Covid Advisory Group, said: "We are expecting some further guidance this week to allow us to have the competitive fixtures, previously announced by the Executive as starting from the 17th of July.
"We have had a discussion with the Minister (Carál Ní Chuilín, acting Minister for Communities) and with senior officials with relation to the return to spectator protocols that they will be advising us on.
"From a GAA perspective, we have already issued guidance to our counties on hosting of fixtures up to a maximum of 500 from the 20th of July onwards and we will see what the Executive have to say about both the numbers of people and any other arrangements that they recommend for us. I'd like to welcome the relaxation last weekend. We obviously now can have challenge games. The Ulster Council issued guidance to all of our counties about using from the 11th to the 17th of July to have friendly games.
"I coach an under-14 team for example (Ballinderry Shamrocks) and we played Ardboe on Saturday morning. Other clubs have been using that relaxation to have challenge matches and that's been a good thing."
For cash-strapped clubs, this will come as some good news as they keep the gate money for league games.
In usual circumstances, the county boards are responsible for county Championships and they take that as their annual income. This year, however, Derry have arranged a 'group stages' Championship and the club hosting a game will be able to take that gate for their own finances.
"Clubs are able to receive income for the first time again. A lot of them during lockdown have been active online, doing online lotto and club draws. For example, in Ballinderry we ran a draw for garden furniture," said McGeehan. "Clubs have been pro-active and creative in raising money, but keeping income from hosting fixtures is important to them.
"In Derry for example, you will have noted that clubs are 'hosting' club Championship matches. Ballinderry will be receiving Glen in the Derry Championship and that's of course income that all clubs look forward to receiving and getting.
"It's been a long time since March, since clubs were collecting any funding."
It would be reasonably expected that they would fall into line with the governance of the Republic of Ireland's Health Services Executive in stating 200 through the gates this weekend and 500 thereafter.
"We do expect restrictions so, while people will be keen and anxious to see football and hurling, unfortunately it is likely we will have to place a cap on the number of people that can attend and, at this moment in time, the Association is working on the policy that it will be no more than 500 until at least the end of August," said McGeehan.
"The GAA are looking at alternative ticketing arrangements, using mobile app systems and technology to try to make sure the issue about cash handling and the risks around those are mitigated.
"The GAA itself and other third parties are now working with county committees to organise pre-sales.
"You can imagine, say, Ballinderry have to go to play Magherafelt at their ground in their first Championship game. And that's their first game as county champions. The whole of Derry would want to go to see that. But it will be kept to whatever the maximum numbers are going to be."
A number of Ulster counties are now engaged in making arrangements to livestream some fixtures through their social media platforms.
Similar ventures have been tried to varying success and effect over the last few years but, with restrictions on crowds attending games, this could indeed be a potentially very popular service.