Cllr Paul McNamara, a native of Achill, has welcomed the decision from Mayo County Council to close access to public car parks at all beaches across the county for the foreseeable future and described it as a necessary move in the fight against the spread of Covid-19 in Mayo, particularly ahead of the bank holiday weekend. The Council’s decision was made following consultation with An Garda Siochana and will see closures also take place at Croagh Patrick and Westport Skate Park.
“These measures need to be taken. We are in uncharted waters both here and internationally and if we can get on top of this Covid-19 situation, then this is the right thing to do,” said Cllr McNamara.
He said the powers given to the Gardai are a necessary step and praised the work of local Gardai in Achill, wh0 regularly man checkpoints at the Michael Davitt Bridge, the only entrance to the island from the mainland.
“People are being told not to travel to their holiday homes and beyond two kilometres but we have to be realistic. The measures introduced on March 16th did not stop people and it making them stricter was necessary.”