August 1, 2021

Wicklow County Council shut more car parks as Gardai get powers to send people home

Wicklow County Council is closing four more car parks and putting double yellow lines at three locations to prevent crowds from gathering at coastal and walking spots.

Meanwhile, the Minister for Health Simon Harris has signed regulations to give An Garda Siochana the power temporarily to enforce Covid-19 restrictions including forcing people to return to their homes.

The car parks to be shut down are as follows:

  • South Beach Car Park, Mill Road, Greystones, permanently
  • Park and Ride, Woodlands Avenue, Greystones, at weekends
  • Trafalgar Road, Car Park, Greystones at weekends
  • La Touch Road, Car Park, Greystones at weekends

Double Yellow Lines:

  • Bellevue Hill at Kindlestown Woods entrance
  • Sea Road, Kilcoole, at Kilcoole Train Station
  • Sea Road, Newcastle at the beach railways level crossing access

In addition, Gardaí will begin an operation across the country aimed at preventing people from leaving their homes and travelling to holiday locations for the Bank Holiday Easter weekend.

The powers will expire on Sunday.

It is understood that additional checkpoints will be placed on main roads out of the major towns and cities and on roads to the coast after Mininser Harris admitted last night on Primetime that restrictions are unlikely to be relaxed this weekend.

Patrols are also to be stepped up at key locations such as parks and natural beauty spots.

The fresh moves comes as the authorities worry that more and more people are congregating and not remaining within 2km of their homes.

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