By Sarah Keane • 20 December 2020 • 16:50
48-HOUR travel restrictions on all flights and ferries from the UK to Ireland from midnight
RTE has reported that the government is set to announce later this afternoon (Sunday, December 20) a 48-hour restriction on flights and ferries travelling from the UK to Ireland, starting from midnight tonight. The measures are being put in place amid fears of the new variant of Covid-19 reported in the UK.
Belgium, Italy, and the Netherlands have all banned flights from the UK, with Spain and Germany said to be considering similar measures.
Speaking on RTE’s This Week earlier today, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said:
“I’ve been talking to the Taoiseach and Minister Ryan and the Chief Medical Officer over the weekend. We’re looking at the situation.
“We’re cognisant that other countries have put travel restrictions in place.
“We are looking at exactly that same question and I expect that the Irish Government will make an announcement later on today on potential travel restrictions.
“Our main priority is to protect life and protect health and that we need to do everything that is required to keep the hospitals open, protect education, protect jobs.”
The Minister added: “We’re looking at flights, we’re looking at ferries, we’re looking at travel to and from the island of Britain and Ireland.
“I’d say in a number of hours, we’ll be in a position to make an announcement.”
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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