Gardai in Mayo are happy with the public response to the Taoiseach’s message that everyone must stay at home except in specific circumstances, almost a week on from its implementation. The county, like the rest of the country, has been on lockdown since Leo Varadkar’s announcement last Friday night when new restrictions to stop the spread of Covid-19 were introduced.
These included ordering the public to remain in their homes apart from travel for shopping or other essential needs such as medical appointments or work. In addition, exercise routines such as walking, running, cycling, etc, must be restricted to a 2km distance from a person’s home.
Supt Garda Joe McKenna said people of all ages have been very compliant with the restrictions and praised the “community resilience” that has been shown in the days since the measures were introduced.
He added that Gardai have had to ask people to turn around on journey’s occasionally and have had to ask a few people to follow the guidelines closer but they have found these reports to be in the low figures.
Supt McKenna said it was vital that people take care of the most vulnerable in their communities and to be aware of those who do not have access to the Internet or in some cases, to a telephone, adding it was important to check in on these people while also adhering to social distancing measures.