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Gardai in Laois plead with public as some ignore social distancing request

Gardai in Laois are pleading with people to avoid coming to the Slieve Bloom Mountains and other amenities for social gatherings and exercise.

For the second day, high volumes of people have descended on different amenities in the county.

Earlier today, Chief Executive of Laois County Council John Mullholland urged people to stay away from public amenities as the country attempts to limit the spread of the Coronavirus.

Right now, people are being asked to engage in social distancing but gardai say this is being ignored by some.

They say: “We are pleading with people to avoid coming to the Slieve Bloom Mountains and all our other beautiful parks and amenities in Laois and Offaly for exercise and social gatherings.

“We are going through an exceptional event and with all the advice being given out about social distancing we are seeing far to many people parking closely, alighting from cars and chatting without any thought of the health advice given.

“Our members are continuing to offer Community Support to older and vulnerable people in Laois and Offaly along with other statutory and voluntary groups.

“However all of this work has to parked up to manage traffic, close car parks and ensure people leave these locations safely.

“We would love to see you all again in Laois and Offaly when we get through the current situation but for now please stay away.

“The car parks in Glenbarrow, Slieve Bloom Mountains are now closed until further notice due to Social Distancing concerns.

“Gardaí and Laois County Council staff are currently on approach roads diverting traffic. This is happening throughout locations in the Slieve Bloom and people need think about what they are doing.

“Please practice Social Distancing if you are out and about today and avoid locations that may attract large crowds.

“Social Distancing is the only community response to limiting the spread of COVID-19.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.