Worries over lockdown easing in Cork coastal villages and towns

Worries over lockdown easing in Cork coastal villages and towns
Locals take advantage of the glorious sunny weather ( which would normally be packed) at Youghal beach on Saturday.Picture: Eddie O'Hare

CONCERNS regarding the easing of lockdown measures on May 18 resulting in swarms at coastal regions such as Youghal, Garryvoe and Ballycotton in East Cork have been raised at County Hall.

Youghal independent councillor Mary Linehan Foley said she is very “concerned and worried” about an influx of people hitting the beaches when the carparks reopen.

“I’m living in a beach area. I’m concerned and constituents are concerned about areas where we have large carparks.

“I know in my area, in particular, there was a big influx in Youghal, Garryvoe and Ballycotton and the Gardaí were flat out and I mean flat out. It is a concerning issue in my area.”

City Hall chief executive Tim Lucey said that the 5km radius remains in place until June 6 but if it is the case that there is “significant influx, abuse and significant non-adherence to social distancing, that will create problems for An Garda Siochana, then decisions will have to be made at short notice.”

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