Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

15.16 9 Aug 2020


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Wexford County Council has asked people to stay away from 'packed' beaches in the county.

The council has reported 'huge crowds' at beaches this weekend amid the warm weather.

Amid continued concerns over coronavirus, the council's now asking people to reconsider if they're planning a weekend trip - saying weekdays are quieter.

In a tweet, the council said: "Our beaches are packed today. Please stay away at this time, take care of yourself and of others.

"Our little island is extremely fragile right now. Economically and on a human level we don't want another lockdown."

Spokesperson David Minogue said: "Wexford is very, very popular this year with staycations - and the result of that is when weather gets nice... we have really large crowds visiting.

"At one point yesterday we had probably close to 3,000 people on the beach in Curracloe - that's a lot of people to manage.

"Yesterday, we had to close to close beaches to new visitors for a number of hours, both at Curracloe and Duncannon. Today we had the same issue."

He encouraged people to visit at quieter times, or to pick some of the 'less populated' beaches along the county's coastline.

The council also said at it had closed carparks at Raven, Curracloe and Duncannon beaches due to the volume of cars.

Local TD Paul Kehoe said the county had seen an "upward trend" in positive cases of COVID-19 in recent days, and urged people to redouble their efforts.

Main image: File photo of Duncannon Beach. Picture © Peter Zoeller/Design Pics via ZUMA Wire

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