Supporters are getting restless, clubs are concerned and there is undoubtedly a desire to see the return of Irish League football as soon as possible.
However, government guidance has ruled out the possibility of any football being played in Northern Ireland for the next three or four months at least, leaving our clubs on the horns of dilemma as they balance the costs of running a modern club against their duty of care to their players and staff.
Amongst their members of staff are the club doctors, who are tasked with overseeing the health and wellbeing of players and backroom teams on matchdays.
Straddling both the worlds of football and health, our doctors have a unique insight into the issues facing clubs and players as they consider the possibility of returning to the game.
This week, the Stormont Executive advised that playing contact sports would be allowed in the last of the five stages of a return to normal life, possibly ruling football out until December.
Stephen Looney for Sunday Life Sport speaks to two men on the front line, Dr Stephen Best of Glenavon and Dr Johnny Campbell of Cliftonville, about the implications of lockdown, absence of football and the risks of returning too early, from both a physical and mental perspective.
Dr Stephen Best is a consultant psychiatrist and has served as Glenavon's club doctor since 1993.
We would be exposing the players if we rush back too soon.
The risk to players is, I suspect, relatively low, but it is the risk of spreading the virus to other people that is the danger.
There is a smallish risk to individuals, but this virus spreads and it could be spread by visiting fans, so we have to be guided by government directions. Even one death because of football is unacceptable.
The safety of society is the most important thing, followed by safety for players.
Anything that increases the risk of spreading the virus, which can horribly kill our elderly relatives and physically vulnerable loved ones, never mind a significant number of younger people who attend matches, is not worth it.
Could we finish our season behind closed doors? That's a difficult one because all players love a stage to play on with spectators - they love an audience.
Our guys aren't millionaires like players in England, so they like a bit of appreciation. Where is the pleasure in playing behind closed doors?
Richer clubs may be okay, but poorer clubs, without the benefit of European money, may not be able to afford to pay players. That will be hard for players - the uncertainty of not knowing what the future holds or when they will be able to play again.
You miss the buzz of training and being fit and if you don't get the endorphins going, it can affect your mental health.
For some of them, football is either their main or their only source of income, so that cannot be pleasant for them either.
It's a difficulty we hear about with players in England having too much time on their hands. It's bound to affect some of them mentally.
You never know who is struggling because men tend not to talk about any issues they might have.
It's a macho thing, but people should not give in to the stigma about mental health. If they are struggling, they need to talk to someone.
For those of us on the staff, whether the players realise it or not, they are like family to us - they are like nephews to me - and we miss their company, their friendship and sharing their disappointments, as well as their achievements, on the playing field.
There are concerns about boredom, frustration, idleness, much like for players who are out for long periods with serious injuries. It's not a nice feeling and there is a risk of suffering low moods.
Supporters probably did not appreciate the social benefits of local football until it was taken from us - the build-up of excitement at the weekend as we anticipate the travel to the game, meeting friends, the excitement of the match and the post-match analysis on the way home and in the Sunday papers.
The lockdown has given time for reflection about what is really important in life.
Dr Johnny Campbell is a Belfast GP and has served as Cliftonville's club doctor since 1991
I don't see football coming back this season.
We are seeing Leagues in Europe coming back but, medically speaking, I think it's too soon for our game.
What we are talking about is putting 22 to 36 people in the confined space of a dressing room, without masks, getting ready to run past each other, run into each other and sweating. I feel there is too much risk.
I wouldn't be happy going into a changing room full of people without masks or protective equipment. We are not doing it in GP surgeries. Why should football be any different?
I don't think Cheltenham should have gone ahead, concerns have been raised about the Liverpool-Atletico Madrid game two days before lockdown and, while the Ireland-Italy Six Nations game was cancelled, Italian fans were still allowed to travel, all while this Covid-19 crisis was happening.
I haven't had much contact with our players since lockdown, but there are players out there with underlying illnesses and conditions. Would it be fair to ask them to return? Would it be good advice? Bad advice?
If there was a match arranged for tomorrow at Solitude, behind closed doors, I wouldn't go.
At the minute, common sense dictates it is too early.
I don't think it is fair to ask our players to do as they are doing in Spain - return to training with regular and repeated testing.
They are discussing testing players before and after games and isolating them for three days. How can Irish League clubs do that? I cannot see it happening in the full-time professional game either.
This virus is something we have never faced before. You could be well one day and ill the next. You could be an asymptomatic carrier.
Yes, our players are generally young, fit and healthy, but there are associated issues and risks.
I certainly think the football authorities should follow medical advice and follow all guidelines before making a decision to resume football.
The Stormont Executive announced their five-stage plan to get back to some semblance of normality and, from a purely health and medical perspective, I think it was a positive announcement. I think football needs to follow that guidance.
There has been a lot of pressure placed on football authorities to get the game back up and running all over Europe. Is there the same pressure to open up cinemas and theatres?
I understand people are frustrated and bored, and those are real issues throughout this coronavirus pandemic, but equally there are real medical issues that must be addressed.
Say we followed some of the European leagues and decided to return next month. There will be little progress with the virus by then and it will still be in the shadows.
My message would be, from a medical perspective, follow the advice and stay safe.