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Fully vaccinated teams can once again use dressing rooms say GAA


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The GAA have opened dressing rooms back up to fully-vaccinated teams. 

They've been closed to vast swathes of the Gaelic games community following the outbreak of COVID-19.

On Friday the GAA issued separate guidelines for the south and north of Ireland, based on their differing regulations.

In the 26 counties, fully-vaccinated squads will be able to avail of showers and changing facilities. If there are teams of mixed immunity, then they can only be used in pods of six.

In the north, dressing rooms are now permitted to open but again usage should be avoided or minimised where possible (for example, by arriving in kit and showering at home).

In both jurisdictions, the association recommends keeping dressing room use to a minimum.

Hand sanitisers should be made available at dressing room entrances, the GAA said, with masks worn everywhere bar the showers.

Gyms have been given similar guidelines, with no need to operate in pods of 6 in the south if a team is fully vaccinated. The number of gym users in the north is limited to 15 at a time.

Health questionnaires are - for now - a thing of the past, for both training sessions and matches. But the GAA have warned participants not to attend either if they are showing symptoms of COVID-19.

The GAA have also confirmed that water breaks will continue for the rest of 2021.

County finals will see captains lifting trophies on their own, as has become customary throughout the pandemic. Trophies must also remain in the presentation area after speeches.

The GAA said the current restrictions are likely to remain in situ until early 2022 at least.

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