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Coronavirus Ireland: Social distancing not seeing universal compliance, government officials warn

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Thousands flocked to Glendalough over the weekend

Thousands flocked to Glendalough over the weekend

Thousands flocked to Glendalough over the weekend

SOCIAL distancing, the policy implemented to avoid unnecessary loss of life during the coronavirus pandemic,  is not seeing universal compliance Government officials are warning.

At a briefing this morning, Elizabeth Canavan, assistant secretary at the Department of the Taoiseach, said the Chief Medical Officer was continuing to monitor the situation.

It comes after people flocked to beaches and parks over the weekend, despite being warned about the danger they are posing to the elderly and most vulnerable in the coronavirus pandemic.

This has led to fears the Government may have to introduce stricter lock-down measures.

Ms Canavan said work was underway with public bodies including local authorities, Coillte and the National Parks and Wildlife Service to provide “clear, simple public messaging,” to ensure people could continue to enjoy public spaces safely at this time.

She also revealed the Government was working on an open and interactive dashboard on coronavirus data to remain as open and transparent as possible in the face of the emergency.

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Guidelines for #socialdistancing outside

Guidelines for #socialdistancing outside

Guidelines for #socialdistancing outside

It has emerged scammers are exploiting the wave of unemployment caused by the coronavirus crisis by phoning individuals and requesting bank details, pretending to be from the Department of Social Protection.

Ms Canavan said officials will never phone and ask for such data.

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