Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Fines of up to €2,500 for those breaking COVID-19 lock down restrictions

Thursday, April 09, 2020

Fines of up to €2,500 for those breaking COVID-19 lock down restrictions

The photo above shows the UCC Farm in the last few days with plenty of cars parked outside as people drive there for a run.

New regulations just signed into law now mean that people caught traveling without an essential reason or exercising more than 2km from their home can now be faced with a fine of up to €2,500 and/or imprisonment for up to six months.

In a statement, Cork County Mayor Ian Doyle said... “Unfortunately some people continue to venture out and are not adhering to the restrictions currently in place. Closing off access to these coastal car parks sends out the message that it is not acceptable to visit places that fall outside of the 2km area of your home. We can all still get exercise and fresh air in close proximity to our homes. We have collectively been doing a great job so far in staying home and stopping the spread of COVID 19, so let’s keep working together.”

Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey said....“Government guidelines are clear that all citizens must limit their leisure and exercise to within 2km of their homes. Driving for non essential purposes is not permitted as part of these public health measures. With the good weather and Easter weekend approaching these closures have been put in place to make it clear that people outside the immediate 2km area should not visit public beaches or other amenities at this time.”


Anonymous said...

Thank you ~ if more runners adhere to the restrictions you could well be saving lives by posting this.

Anonymous said...

Hear hear, seeing more people running=a good thing, but please please consider the greater good. Let’s get through this thing.

Anonymous said...

Completely agree with above comments. I live within 2km of the farm but drive there due to inability to social distance on footpaths - I know that this was also the case for at least some of the others who drove.

Unknown said...

FYI you are not allowed to drive 2km unless essential