Ireland - Coronavirus Update, COVID-19 Restrictions on Movement

Dingle, an Atlantic sight you can see during lockdown 2020 only if you live in Kerry Dingle, an Atlantic sight you can see during lockdown 2020 only if you live in Kerry

Perhaps in order to allow the good folks of South County Dublin to visit IKEA, the Irish Government today announced that restrictions due to Coronavirus / COVID-19 would now be relaxed to a county travel basis.

So, from 8th June Irish people can travel freely within their own county as if rural Ireland lives in some kind of GAA theme park - sure why would a resident of Limerick, situated right on the border of County Clare need to travel more than 20km into the neighbouring county?

Or indeed someone from Clonmel, the chief town of Tipperary and situated on the border with Waterford, why would they need to travel more than 20km into the mountainous county just across the River Suir?

Is it because the powers that be in Dublin think that residents of rural Ireland only operate, like in GAA circles, in some kind of tribal mindset where they whip out the Up Laois flags to celebrate being able to travel in some parochially patriotic fashion?

The need for everyone to follow the rules and guidance regarding physical or social distancing is obvious, but in some locations in Ireland it is possible to travel for over 100km in one direction while not being able to go more than 20km in another.

Many people have relatives in neighbouring counties now, it's not illegal to move from Cork into Kerry for instance so why should travel restrictions be made on some notional county basis.

Also, residents of Cork and Galway, the biggest of the south's 26 counties have serious advantage over Louth and Carlow, Ireland's smallest two counties. Louth is nine times smaller than Cork.

I have had a lot of patience so far with regards to the rules and regulations in Ireland and great progress has been made, I understand the need for reducing contacts with others to limit the spread of this virus - I am asthmatic and am still recovering from cancer treatment from 2019. 

But as according to immunologist Luke O'Neill, there is no reason why people can't adhere to the rules that they have been following further away from home - and in this case I would say why is this being limited to a county by county basis and not just a simple 100km radius for instance?

This also gives me the opportunity to say that Panoramic Ireland's tours are restarting on 29th June 2020 - we adhere to physical distancing guidelines and our private one-to-one workshops are perfect for reducing exposure to all sorts.

Find out more about our photography tours and workshops using this link or the menu above.

Last modified on Saturday, 06 June 2020 17:07
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