County Hurling Finals are due to take place in Laois and Offaly this weekend.
The resumption of inter-county football and conclusion of the Laois club championships and Offaly hurling championship is now in doubt.
Finals in both counties were due to take place this weekend, with the football championships in the O'Moore county only at the semi-final stage and not due to be even drawn until November 2nd.
The decision comes just 14 days out from the proposed resumption of the National Football League for all of Laois, Westmeath and Offaly.
The continuation of the inter-county season is now in serious doubt.
In the last hour the GAA have issued a directive suspending all club activity ahead of an announcement from government regarding further national restrictions this afternoon.
The statement in full:
The GAA’s Management Committee has today endorsed a decision to suspend all GAA Club games at all levels with immediate effect and until further notice.
The decision has been taken in the interest of public safety following a number of incidents that have been brought to our attention in recent days. In particular, post-match celebrations and a lack of social distancing at certain events have proved disappointing and problematic.
This directive applies to all ages and all grades across the island.
Club Social Centres / bars are also to close.
Training will continue to be permitted as per the guidelines outlined for the relevant levels in the Government's National Framework for Living with Covid 19 and relevant guidelines in the Six Counties.
The GAA will continue to monitor the situation in the coming days and weeks, regarding changes in government guidelines, before liaising with our units accordingly.
The Association would also like to acknowledge all of those units who have worked diligently in complying with the public health advice around the staging of our games and training sessions since activity resumed.
More than ever, we ask that you continue with this approach where training sessions for your players is continuing.
Please Note: pic.twitter.com/Ktj2ii3mOD— Laois GAA (@CLGLaois) October 5, 2020
The GAA’s Management Committee has today endorsed a decision to suspend all GAA Club games at all levels with immediate effect and until further notice— The GAA (@officialgaa) October 5, 2020