2 April 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

Almost deserted streets and Garda checkpoints. Only essential services such as pharmacies and supermakets remaining open. People staying at home and confining their daily exercise to the areas around them. One person commented that the scene on the main street of Carrickmacross was like a Christmas day.

All of Co. Monaghan has been in what is virtually a lockdown, apart from the operation of important services, since midnight on Friday. People have been following guidelines announced by the Taoiseach to stay at home until Easter Sunday, 12th April, while the fight against the spread of coronavirus continues.

Leo Varadkar said he did not want to call it a lockdown but that’s what it amounts to, as Gardaí put into place a high profile operation on Saturday to ensure that people are complying with the new restrictions put in place to stop the spread of Covid-19.

People except those over 70 are allowed to go out once a day for exercise but must remain within a 2km radius of their homes. Meanwhile essential services such as food production and farming which are a significant part of life in Co. Monaghan are allowed to continue, with guidelines…

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