A former member of the GAA's Medical, Scientific and Welfare Committee has expressed his satisfaction with the course of action taken by the Association during the Coronavirus pandemic so far, but sounds a note of caution as they begin to re-open their premises and activities.
Enda McGinley, the three time All-Ireland winner with Tyrone, had a cautious welcome for the return to play.
"They had to be cautious and they went to the ultra-cautious end of it when they didn't re-open their grounds while other sports facilities are currently opening," explains McGinley.
"They did that for an understandable reason; they felt that if they gave an inch, then GAA players and everybody else, the young people, would take a mile. That's not an unfounded assumption either.
"I think their handling of the situation so far has been good. They have been very clear and decisive during the whole lockdown period. It is more difficult to be clear and decisive in terms of opening up."
From today, walkways on GAA property will be opened to members of the public, albeit with strict guidelines on walking directions and health warnings.
On Friday, the GAA followed Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's statement with a somewhat surprising announcement setting out their return to action, one week after urging strong caution.
Not much had changed in reality from their position, but there was a different feel to things as they announced that club action is due to get underway on the weekend commencing July 31.
Ahead of that, non-contact training for teams will resume on June 29 and full contact on July 20.
The club season will conclude on October 11 and it would seem unlikely there will be provincial or All-Ireland series.
The intercounty season then begins on October 17, but there is no set date for conclusion.
McGinley, however, feels that that reality will be different, with some teams returning to contact quicker than others. It's a line he has to walk himself as manager of the Swatragh club in Derry.
"There is more room for ambiguity there, there are more shades of grey there. There will be more pushing of limits," he adds.
"If teams go in groups of players, the non-contact scenario, you would imagine that being stretched in places and is a day here or a day there really going to matter?
"So if they say the 20th of July for a return to contact, well then if a team is training on the 18th, do those two days make a big difference? There are lots of shades of grey and pushing of wee boundaries that are normal for GAA teams to carry out.
"We are going to see a lot of that because essentially this is the firing of the starter pistol of the GAA season and for teams being off the pitch for so long, they are going to be very eager to get up and going fast and get into competitive action.
"I think the GAA has handled it well so far, I think the next period of time is going to be a wee bit more challenging and hopefully everybody can come through it and stay with the main message and the greater good, which is some form of activity come the later end of the year."
McGinley has a panoramic view of the Covid-19 crisis, in his work as a Physiotherapist and within the operating theatre in Craigavon Hospital.
"I think we can all see the numbers are low and have remained low and maybe we didn't have to shut down at all, but the risk was high," he said.
"From my view, I can understand it. I can see it in the hospital where we prepared for masses of patients and they just didn't arrive.
"That's not to say we have been over-prepared, it is that the original plan worked and so be it. Lives were obviously saved."
During Friday's media call, the GAA President John Horan said that they would be following the 'R' number in the north closely, but any possible outbreaks of infection would be dealt with by the public health services in either jurisdiction.
It's something that has caught the attention of McGinley too.
"The southern R number is so much lower than the northern R number, which is up at 0.8, 0.9, and if that teeters up to 1.0 - and it wouldn't be a huge surprise if it does - what then happens?" he asks.
"And if the track and trace thing came out and there is a cluster in a certain areas, does that knock out certain families or certain clubs? How big is the circle around a cluster if they do develop?
"We have so much unknowns still ahead of us, so many strange situations and the decisions will be taken on a whim.
"As a club manager you will just have to make the absolute best of it, try to keep people safe and enjoy your football. There is no point in thinking that the thing is done and dusted now that we have a firm plan. You have to roll with the punches, as we have been doing since March."