Walk on the wild side: Wicklow TD raises concern as groups of US tourists flock to Bray Head
Sinn Féin TD John Brady has expressed concern about the arrival of flights from the United States given how out of control Covid-19 is in that country.
The Wicklow TD described the inaction of the government as ‘reckless’ and urged them to implement additional checks and precautions at our airports and ports as a matter of urgency.
“I am extremely concerned about flights arriving into Ireland from the United States,” Deputy Brady said.
“Flights are arriving in Dublin Airport from some of the worst affected US States. Over the weekend it was reported that large numbers of American tourists were doing the Bray/Greystones Cliff walk.
“This is crazy, Irish people are being told to avoid all nonessential foreign travel! Many families have spent thousands on pre booked summer holidays and are now left in limbo as to whether they can go or not.
“Meanwhile large numbers of tourists are traveling here from the US which has again set a record of 70,000 new Covid cases in a day. There are currently over 1.7million active Covid cases in the US alone.
“Yes, we want our tourism industry to bounce back, but not at any expense!
“The government has failed to put proper checks and controls in place at our airports, such as mandatory face coverings, temperature screening and testing from high risk areas.
“Covid-19 is out of control in the United States. It is reckless that flights are permitted to land here with no additional checks or precautions.
“The government is naive in the extreme if they believe all the passengers are going to self-isolate for 14 days.
“This is a serious health concern that needs to be urgently addressed. It also flies in the face of government commitments to develop and publish a green list of safe travel areas based on Covid-19 profile.
“Flights from high risk areas should not be arriving into the state if we don’t have proper checks and restrictions in place at our ports and airports. Handing out a piece of paper to fill in is a joke considering the risks involved.
“The government has had ample time to address this issue. It is absolutely unacceptable that they haven’t.”