A tailback of cars snaked into Ardmore, Annestown, Tramore, the Comeragh mountains and many tourist hotspots around the county today. Large crowds of people were enjoying the sunshine despite stern warnings issued this weekend from the HSE and the government. In many places, Gardaí services were called upon to dispel the crowds.
Minister for Health, Simon Harris acknowledged earlier that, although today is Mother’s Day, physical distance is needed. He urged the public to find other ways to show appreciation on Mother’s Day.
Gardaí responded to calls on Ardmore beach today, where tailbacks and large crowds were reported.
Delays were experienced in Tramore today, with backlogs of traffic observed on the lower prom and leaving Tramore, to return in the direction of Waterford city.
Although many businesses on the promenade in Tramore have closed, some remain open for the fine weather, meaning chips and icecream were the order of the day today from 1pm onwards. Although many businesses open today operated a ‘one customer inside the premises at a time’ rule, the queues outside were tightly packed.
With a 2metre distance being advised by senior health officials, there was little to no evidence of that seen in beaches across the county today. 102 cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in Ireland on Saturday, bringing the total number at the moment to 785.
Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Tony Holohan has warned that people must understand that the term “lockdown” would be severe and may mean not leaving the house to work or do any other social activity and these are “very severe” and “draconian” measures.
Ireland has not implemented any lockdown measures at this time, hoping that the effects of social distancing will be apparent in the coming weeks.