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We can all be covidiots in these strange times - so let's cut everyone a little slack

Liz Kearney


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Fears: Following concerns about social distancing, all public car parks and access to Glendalough have been closed. Photo: Garry O'Neill

Fears: Following concerns about social distancing, all public car parks and access to Glendalough have been closed. Photo: Garry O'Neill

Fears: Following concerns about social distancing, all public car parks and access to Glendalough have been closed. Photo: Garry O'Neill

Oh, how we sneered at the weekend day-trippers, thronging the verdant highways and byways of rural Ireland with their SUVs, all venturing out for a leisurely Sunday afternoon stroll, smack bang in the middle of a pandemic.

What part of staying at home did they not understand, we fumed? We even invented a new phrase for them - what a bunch of covidiots, we said.

It wasn't long before park rangers appeared on the news and made sensible pleas for everyone to observe social distancing even when enjoying the great outdoors. But the vitriol didn't stop.