By Oisín McGovern
Galway City Council has said that the public must observe social distancing when outdoors to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
In a tweet, the Council said that social distancing rules must be followed in outdoor public spaces.
The rules apply to the following outdoor facilities; The Promenade in Salthill, Barna Woods, Cappagh Park, Silver Strand, Millenium Children’s Park & Ballyloughane.
The Council also encouraged people not to linger in outdoor public areas if they are busy.
A video posted online showed large numbers of people walking along the Promenade in Salthill last Sunday.
People are being urged not to shake hands and to keep within 2 metres of each other to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
HSE Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said that it was still too early to see the impact of social distancing measures.
“The cases we have seen diagnosed today and in the past 24 hours are cases were people who would have been infected and exposed before we brought in the measures,” he said.
As we move to the days further past the weekend, we will be watching the figures and as we pass the end of the month, we should see an impact of social distancing in two or three weeks.”
There are 557 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland, 13 of which are in Galway. 3 people have already died from the virus.