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‘Increase in visitors since Covid-19 outbreak’ prompts closure of 12 O’Clock Hills at peak times

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East Clare walking trail, the 12 O’Clock Hills is to close on weekends and bank holidays in a bid to limit the spread of Coronavirus.

Concerns relating to social distancing were raised over the weekend with both car parks full with visitors on Mother’s Day.

On Monday evening, management responsible for the popular walking trail confirmed that the “increasing numbers” travelling to the facility since the outbreak of Covid-19 in Ireland and “the associated difficulties in managing social distancing” left them with no decision but to close during peak times which are on weekends and bank holidays.

“We are also appealing to people to cutback their visits during weekdays Monday to Friday. Should this prove ineffective then we will quickly proceed to full closure”.

Gates will now be locked from Saturday and Sunday at Belvoir Car Park and the Snaty Trailhead. “We regret this action but it has been taken in the best interest of peoples health and has the support of Clare County Council,” a spokesperson added.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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