Stay put till the 20th July

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That seems to be the message of the Irish government.

Stay in Ireland and visit somewhere like the Dingle Coastal path

Yesterday, it was due to lift the 14 day quarantine rules that have existed in the Republic.

Originally there was to have been a short list of countries published yesterday that would allow Irish residents to travel without quarantining on their return. That has now been delayed

The reason given by the Irish government for the postponement is that there has been an upsurge in coronavirus cases in the Republic many of which are due to international travellers arriving in the country. That has led to a fear of a second wave if the international lockdown travel policy is not handled carefully.

Given the increase in some countries like Spain, Portugal and Italy, the Irish government is re-examining which countries should be on its green list. Like many countries around the world it is operating on a red, amber green policy with only those destinations marked green not requiring quarantine for returning Irish and overseas tourists to Ireland.

Consequently, and unlike people living across the border in Northern Ireland, the rule is still to avoid all non-essential travel.

Because of the increase in cases being brought in from abroad, the Minister for Climate Action, Communications and Transport – Eamon Ryan – has said that the quarantine rules need tightening. He wants an electronic register of incoming travellers to replace the existing system and some more testing although what testing he didn’t define. But, and here’s the strange part, he went on to say that quarantining wouldn’t be mandatory.

If it isn’t mandatory how do you enforce it? And why tighten it if he has little faith in the whole concept? Relying on people to do right by their country will work for many but not for all.

Maybe that is why he government has delayed announcing its green list.

In the meantime, the promotion of Failte Ireland to encourage domestic tourism might have a bigger impact if many Irish think that it might be too late to get away to foreign soil for their holidays.

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