New restrictions planned as country moves to Level 3

From midnight tonight (Tuesday), every county in the Republic of Ireland will move to Level 3 restrictions under the Government’s ‘Plan for Living with COVID-19’.

The move to Level 3 comes at a time of serious concern here in Roscommon after our key 14 day incidence rate shot up once again, especially in the Boyle Local Electoral Area.

From the 15th to the 28th September the Boyle LEA had an incidence rate of 197 per 100,000 population when the national average was 88.2. Boyle LEA also had 43 confirmed cases of COVID-19 during that period.

On Friday, the Boyle LEA rate per 100k was the 8th highest of 50 LEA’s nationwide.

There has been much speculation as to what areas in the county have led to the increase.

The Elphin/Croghan area was highlighted last week by the HSE while in recent days 5 staff members in Supervalu Monksland, (which is in County Roscommon) are reported to have tested positive.

Now under Level 3, people will be requested to stay in their own county and keep the number of people they meet to a minimum, among a number of restrictive measures.

Over 70’s are being asked to stay at home as much as possible, limit engagement to a very small network for short periods of time, while remaining physically distanced.

An Taoiseach Micheal Martin has said efforts ‘will also be stepped up to ensure people comply with the guidelines’. On Tuesday morning the AGSI (Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors) and the GRA (Garda Representative Association) said they needed urgent clarity on what is expected from Gardai on this matter.

The Level 3 restrictions, which you can view here are to be reviewed in three weeks time.

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