Public health must come first this Easter weekend – Browne

Published on: 07 April 2020

Fianna Fáil TD for Wexford James Browne is appealing to people not to travel to their holiday or mobile homes this bank holiday weekend as public health officials try to contain the Coronavirus pandemic in Ireland.

Deputy Browne said, “I understand that the restrictions which have been imposed for the last week and a half are difficult, especially with the days getting longer and the weather improving. However, our public health officials have only implemented these strict limitations to stop the spread of this fatal virus. Each and every one of us has a part to play in the national fight against COVID-19.

“I know many people will have been planning and looking forward to a break over Easter. Every year we see an influx of people to towns and villages right across the county, who provide a boost to the local economy. This year that is simply not an option, and I am urging our seasonal visitors to please stay at home this bank holiday weekend.

“The time will come again when they will be welcomed back, but we are simply not there yet and we have to put public health first. I would be very worried about people coming down to Wexford to their second homes when they should be staying in their own communities to contain the spread of the virus as much as possible.

“Social distancing would prove very difficult in our caravan parks, when some of the facilities are shared and space is at a premium. Tourism is one of the main drivers of the local economy here in Wexford and is so important for jobs and businesses here. However, we are in unprecedented times and we have to listen to and heed the advice of the country’s Chief Medical Officer and our public health team.

“We will be able to travel again once this pandemic passes and if we do what’s necessary now, that time will come quicker. For the health of our loved ones, our neighbours and our communities, please stay at home this Easter”.