Michael Staines
Michael Staines

11.32 28 Mar 2020


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A new website has been launched to show you exactly how far you can roam from your home while taking exercise during the COVID-19 shutdown.

As of midnight, people all over the country have been ordered to stay in their homes to help stop the spread of the virus.

We are being asked to only go outside to shop for essential items, take care of medical issues and take brief physical exercise.

Even when exercising, people are ordered to go no further than 2km from their homes and to adhere to strict social distancing guidelines.

Harris COVID-19 Health Minister Simon Harris speaking to the media on his way into Government Buildings in Dublin to update Cabinet on the latest COVID-19 recommendations, 24-03-2020. Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews

On Newstalk Breakfast his morning, the Health Minister Simon Harris said the further you go from your front door, the more likely you are to spread the virus.

“The closer we can keep people to their homes the better but we all know we need a bit of walk, we need to walk the dog and get a bit of fresh air,” he said.

“But we have to do that within our vicinity. Otherwise we will end up seeing what happened last weekend where everybody has the same idea at the same time and gets in the car and goes off to Glendalough.

“That just won’t work.”

He said Gardaí have the powers to ask people where they are going and how far from home they are, but insisted they would do so “in the spirit our Gardaí always work in within our communities.”

But where exactly can you get to within that 2km radius?

2km COVID-19 A screenshot from the 2kmfromhome website

A new website is aiming to take the confusion out of your cardio with a simple pin drop test.

2kmfromhome.com lets you select your exact location and offers a clear visualisation of where you can go.

Parents are allowed to include children in their exercise and bring the dog for a walk. Just remember to respect the people around you and stay 2m clear of anyone from outside your household.


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