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The Corona Virus And Possible Effects To GAA Matches

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You would think that playing our game in empty stadiums would be an initial step.

Canuck (Waterford) - Posts: 774 - 11/03/2020 16:55:48    2273433

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The decision by British authorities to allow Cheltenham to go ahead will be regretted on both sides of Irish Sea over coming months. If league games are to be played it should be behind closed doors. As of now it is been left up to the individual to make the decision. Have been looking forward to Sundays game to give indication if Meath are improving or is it just another false dawn, however I have decided not to travel as I would be in the at risk category. This is not just about personal health, we need to think of those around us, their health, their work. At best many will loose their jobs, at worst many who attended matches all their lives may not get that chance again.

seadog54 (Meath) - Posts: 1345 - 11/03/2020 17:03:52    2273434

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Replying To seadog54:  "The decision by British authorities to allow Cheltenham to go ahead will be regretted on both sides of Irish Sea over coming months. If league games are to be played it should be behind closed doors. As of now it is been left up to the individual to make the decision. Have been looking forward to Sundays game to give indication if Meath are improving or is it just another false dawn, however I have decided not to travel as I would be in the at risk category. This is not just about personal health, we need to think of those around us, their health, their work. At best many will loose their jobs, at worst many who attended matches all their lives may not get that chance again."
It's just a game at the end of the day. Wishing you good health. Stay safe

Douglas_44 (Roscommon) - Posts: 192 - 11/03/2020 17:18:07    2273437

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WHO have now classified it as a pandemic. I find it hard to believe any GAA games will go ahead this weekend...it's changing by the hour.

Even club football of which I'm involved should be suspended.

yew_tree (Mayo) - Posts: 10128 - 11/03/2020 17:26:26    2273440

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Replying To yew_tree:  "WHO have now classified it as a pandemic. I find it hard to believe any GAA games will go ahead this weekend...it's changing by the hour.

Even club football of which I'm involved should be suspended."
Here here no excuses now

arock (Dublin) - Posts: 4302 - 11/03/2020 18:43:49    2273450

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I agree with John O'Mahony that the worst case scenario to finish off the league is to make final 2 rounds behind closed doors. They could scrap the football final and just play the hurling between the 2 best teams in each group. The virus is a cold weather phenomenon by all accounts and when it comes back next winter there could be a vaccine. Look at Singapore, warm weather no deaths, under control. Opposite to Northern Italy. Closed doors to games for now I suppose.

suckvalleypaddy (Galway) - Posts: 1345 - 11/03/2020 19:41:03    2273454

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Replying To suckvalleypaddy:  "I agree with John O'Mahony that the worst case scenario to finish off the league is to make final 2 rounds behind closed doors. They could scrap the football final and just play the hurling between the 2 best teams in each group. The virus is a cold weather phenomenon by all accounts and when it comes back next winter there could be a vaccine. Look at Singapore, warm weather no deaths, under control. Opposite to Northern Italy. Closed doors to games for now I suppose."
I agree play the rest of the league behind closed doors, see how it looks then before the Championship, f you are depending on warm weather to curtail this virus you could be in for a long wait in this country.

Tirchonaill1 (Donegal) - Posts: 812 - 11/03/2020 20:28:53    2273460

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I don't think it's gonna destroy anyones year by playing the rest of the league behind closed doors

Breezy (Limerick) - Posts: 694 - 11/03/2020 20:51:18    2273466

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Replying To suckvalleypaddy:  "I agree with John O'Mahony that the worst case scenario to finish off the league is to make final 2 rounds behind closed doors. They could scrap the football final and just play the hurling between the 2 best teams in each group. The virus is a cold weather phenomenon by all accounts and when it comes back next winter there could be a vaccine. Look at Singapore, warm weather no deaths, under control. Opposite to Northern Italy. Closed doors to games for now I suppose."
"The virus is a cold weather phenomenon by all accounts and when it comes back next winter there could be a vaccine. Look at Singapore, warm weather no deaths, under control." This this sort of ignorant nonsense needs to be called out.

1. "This virus is a cold weather phenomenon by all accounts" What accounts? Show me where they are.

2. "Look at Singapore, warm weather no deaths" How many deaths have there been in Hong Komg?

Let's deal with the facts and the science:

Coronavirus myth busted: COVID-19 cases may not decline in warm climate

https://www.firstpost.com/health/coronavirus-myth-busted-covid-19-cases-may-not-decline-in-warm-climate-8133671.html

"So far, there is no concrete evidence to say that the virus would die off in summers."

Cockney_Cat (UK) - Posts: 887 - 11/03/2020 21:07:21    2273472

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Replying To suckvalleypaddy:  "I agree with John O'Mahony that the worst case scenario to finish off the league is to make final 2 rounds behind closed doors. They could scrap the football final and just play the hurling between the 2 best teams in each group. The virus is a cold weather phenomenon by all accounts and when it comes back next winter there could be a vaccine. Look at Singapore, warm weather no deaths, under control. Opposite to Northern Italy. Closed doors to games for now I suppose."
No. Doesn't explain Brazil. They are currently growing at the exact same speed as us with cases roughly and their number is within a few digits, yet temperatures of 30+. It's 20c in Naples at the minute and it's certainly not slowing . I don't think we get much days over 21 a year to be honest so the weather won't exactly kill it.

GameOfTyrones (Tyrone) - Posts: 469 - 11/03/2020 21:22:44    2273477

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Replying To suckvalleypaddy:  "I agree with John O'Mahony that the worst case scenario to finish off the league is to make final 2 rounds behind closed doors. They could scrap the football final and just play the hurling between the 2 best teams in each group. The virus is a cold weather phenomenon by all accounts and when it comes back next winter there could be a vaccine. Look at Singapore, warm weather no deaths, under control. Opposite to Northern Italy. Closed doors to games for now I suppose."
I believe Singapore has banned incoming flights from certain affected countries though e.g. the Emirates.

Something that hasn't really been done here in Europe yet.

It's an unprecedented situation which deserves an unprecedented response. Something which unfortunately hasn't been forthcoming as of yet from European leaders.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 6789 - 11/03/2020 21:33:40    2273478

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After my success with TigerRoll today - I'm lumping my winnings on No NFL games taking place this week! Changing by the hour

GenderNeutral (Meath) - Posts: 31 - 11/03/2020 22:03:25    2273482

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Replying To Canuck:  "You would think that playing our game in empty stadiums would be an initial step."
Why in the name God, would our amateur teams want to play in empty stadiums? Why would they put themselves at risk. I can't see the GAA paying sickness benefits. I think we should accept that it could be June /July before games can be played

greysoil (Monaghan) - Posts: 759 - 11/03/2020 22:08:49    2273484

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Replying To Breezy:  "I don't think it's gonna destroy anyones year by playing the rest of the league behind closed doors"
Why should players be exposed?

greysoil (Monaghan) - Posts: 759 - 11/03/2020 22:10:25    2273485

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Denmark is officially on lockdown. They had 38 cases 2 days ago and 500 today.

Lock us down now

galwayfball (Galway) - Posts: 1106 - 11/03/2020 23:24:13    2273495

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Replying To Douglas_44:  "It's just a game at the end of the day. Wishing you good health. Stay safe"
Thanks for that, plan is to stay around until we win seven in a row. But might have to settle for a Tailteann Cup.

seadog54 (Meath) - Posts: 1345 - 11/03/2020 23:41:16    2273497

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Replying To galwayfball:  "Denmark is officially on lockdown. They had 38 cases 2 days ago and 500 today.

Lock us down now"
They'll probably wait until it's too late. Being PC is far more important.

Trump2020 (Galway) - Posts: 892 - 12/03/2020 01:23:09    2273499

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Replying To greysoil:  "Why in the name God, would our amateur teams want to play in empty stadiums? Why would they put themselves at risk. I can't see the GAA paying sickness benefits. I think we should accept that it could be June /July before games can be played"
I would say June/July is being pretty hopeful.
There is a difference between what is happening in Ireland and what happened in Wuhan. In their case it had been allowed to get to the point where the virus was already widespread in the community and therefore there was really no way of controlling it bar a complete lockdown. You contrast that with Singapore and Hong Kong who have had schools/Unis closed, sports cancelled (a lot of that was due to the government owned pitches being shut) and widespread changes in how people interact and you can see how measures like these do have an impact even in densely populated areas. All of these measures are to limit social interaction so to prevent the passing on of the virus. However the world cannot just stop so people will have to interact but if they do the smaller the numbers when this happens the better as one there is less likelihood of the virus spreading if one of them are sick and two its easier to trace the people impacted. Now for a club or county team playing each other, yes there is the additional risk of picking it up from the other team but you are talking about a limited number of people in close contact and if subsequently one tests positive then the close contacts can be traced pretty quick. In a way people in the countryside are lucky as they do not have a public transport system so unless its a school or big workplace, close contacts can be limited. So playing club games/intercounty games behind closed doors, as long as everyone is heeding the preventative advice carries risk but I think its minimal. Thing is though its hard to predict, if one team plays another and someone subsequently is tested positive but teams have to go into self imposed lockdown for two weeks - so getting the games played will require a flexible schedule maker - luckily for the clubs as I said June/July is optimistic so they may now have until August to play their championships.

zinny (Wexford) - Posts: 671 - 12/03/2020 06:18:46    2273503

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Looking like schools in 6 counties will be closing from Monday....basketball ireland (albeit games are indoors) have just cancelled all games.....GAA should show leadership and err on side of caution....hurling leagues are finished bar the finals anyway so simple just make 5 leagues of 7 for next year as one off or something similar (scrap league finals/knocks outs in 2021 to make up the time).....scrap tier 2 for 2020 (which would be popular anyway) and just leave leagues as they stand unless someone is already definitely promoted/relegated......would rather stop now and sacrifice what is left of the league in the hope the championship can be saved.....

ArmaghCat (Armagh) - Posts: 11 - 12/03/2020 08:00:23    2273506

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Where I live, the schools have all closed, bars and restaurant capacity has been limited to under 100, and much sporting activity has been cancelled, as well as the local St. Patrick's Day parade.

Germany also postponed the largest industrial trade fair in the world, which is a big step given how much money is invested in. Word is that big international institutions like the UN, EU etc. will soon send their employees to work from home.

We need to take a few weeks or months of boredom and isolation in order to get a handle on this thing.

Gleebo (Mayo) - Posts: 1744 - 12/03/2020 08:40:43    2273508

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