The GPA has warned its members to prepare for the possibility that there will be no 2020 championship.
The players' body briefed captains and representatives from every county via video-link on Wednesday night and outlined that while every effort will be made to host a championship this year, they conceded that there is a possibility that the Covid-19 pandemic may yet force the complete postponement of the championship for 2020.
The development comes ahead of tonight's Special Congress, which will give the GAA's management committee significant new powers surrounding the structure of competitions. The move will allow the GAA to react quickly to the changing landscape and draw up championship formats to suit whatever window of opportunity might emerge.
And while the GPA have accepted that the GAA aren't in a position to offer any concrete dates, they indicated that they will seek clarity on when there is certain to be no action to allow its members to plan accordingly.
They also plan to seek guarantees surrounding the run-in to any return to action with suggestions they may seek up to four weeks.
Delegates this evening will be asked to hand powers to the GAA's management committee by adding a new Rule 3.61 to the Official Guide.