Local Lockdowns a possibility for summer 2021

Local lockdowns are a possibility heading into the summer, according to the Tánaiste as concerns grow around the so-called Indian variant.


The Fine Gael leader said that while there have been “mixed results” to such lockdowns in the past, the Government is retaining the option to use them should they be needed in the coming months.


Latest figures show there’s 128 cases of the mutation in Ireland, however it is believed to be more transmissible than previous strains.


It comes following large crowds socialising in Dublin and other cities prompted reaction from public health officials, including Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan who said he was “absolutely shocked” by gatherings in the capital.


Sligo County Council closed the road to Streedagh beach yesterday due to the large crowds gathering in the area.


The good weather brought people out to local amenities across the region.


Gardaí and Sligo County Council advised people to stay away from the area as a result of the large crowds.