National Public Health Emergency Team issue warning about travel ahead of Easter weekend 1 month ago

National Public Health Emergency Team issue warning about travel ahead of Easter weekend

They are worried that people will seek to travel to holiday destinations over the Easter weekend.

Following today's Department of Health briefing, in which it was reported that Ireland had suffered its worst single-day increase of Covid-19 deaths, the National Public Health Emergency Team warned against those intending to visit holiday homes over the coming long weekend.

As of Tuesday evening, there have been more than 6,000 confirmed cases between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

In a statement issued this evening, the NPHET team acknowledged local reports that holiday homes in coastal areas have begun to fill up ahead of Easter Weekend.

"Today, the National Public Health Emergency Team expressed concern that a proportion of the population may seek to travel to holiday destinations, holiday homes and mobile homes across the country this weekend, despite travel restrictions in place since the 27 March," the statement read.

"An Garda Síochána has been visibly present on the roads this past week assisting the public with compliance and to them NPHET is grateful.

"While current restrictions have reduced the number of people becoming infected by one confirmed case, this depends on people staying at home and following public health advice.

"There has been unprecedented sacrifices made across society in recent weeks to protect all people on this island from COVID-19. We urge the public, on this Easter holiday with sunshine and isolation fatigue, to stay the course and comply with the recommendations and measures in place. Stay at home and keep Ireland safe.

"COVID-19 is in our households, not only our nursing homes. It is in our community. Do the right thing. Spread the message not the virus."