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.