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Council restrict access to Mayo beaches


PEACEFUL Restrictions brought in by Mayo County Council mean beaches like Keel should be very quiet this bank holiday weekend.

Edwin McGreal

Mayo County Council have restricted access to beaches in the county as part of Covid-19 restrictions.
The council have closed all public car parks at beaches in the county from today (Thursday) and are also closing car parks at Croagh Patrick and Westport Skate Park for the foreseeable future.
The decision was made in conjunction with An Garda Siochána.
It comes after news last night (Wednesday) of the closure of car parks for beaches in Achill and Mulranny.
The Mayo News understands there were a number of complaints by locals in the Achill and Mulranny area of visitors to the beaches from outside the area in recent days. There have been similar concerns voiced in many tourism hotspots in the west of Ireland with reports of people travelling to holiday homes and caravan parks.
A spokesperson for Mayo County Council said the decision was made to ensure as much compliance as possible with Covid-19 restrictions.
“Current Government guidelines in place are clear that all citizens should not be travelling further than 2km from their home except for essential purposes. With the good weather and Easter weekend approaching we have taken the  decision to implement these closures to beach car parks to make it clear that people outside the immediate 2km area should not visit public beaches at this time,” they said.
It is understood the closures will remain in place for as long as current government restrictions to combat the spread of Covid-19 remain in place.
People have been asked to stay at home with the only exceptions being to travel for essential work, to shop for provisions, to care for people or to exercise within a two kilometre radius of your home.
Laws were passed on Tuesday granting gardaí sweeping powers to enforce restrictions on public movement due to Covid-19.
A person who refuses to comply with the instruction of a member of An Garda Siochána who is seeking to impose social distancing rules can be deemed guilty of an offence and may be subject to a fine of up to €1,500 and/or a prison sentence of up to six months.