The community of Arranmore Island has put itself into self-isolation in a bid to combat the coronavirus.
The island, which has a population, of around 450 people, is now asking people not to visit Arranmore until the end of March.
A spokesperson for the Arranmore Ferry said this follows a discussion between a number of groups on the island.
A spokesperson said “Due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 and following discussions with Comharchumann Oileán Árainn Mhór, CFFAM Árainn Mhór and other Island Community Groups, we have decided to discourage visitors to the island until the end of March.
“Please respect our wishes to safeguard the elderly and vulnerable people in our community and we will update as soon as we can.”
An Comharchumann in association with other island based community groups are liaising continuously with each other, with community representatives on other Irish islands and with individuals within our communities, regarding the Coronavirus.
A statement on the group’s Facebook page reads “Árainn Mhór businesses/community organisations are following procedures & undertaking measures which reach beyond the recommended National Guidelines. Businesses and community organisations are closed but are closely monitoring events as they arise.
“Together with community groups and organisations on other offshore islands, we are seeking information and a specific strategy from the HSE for the islands. A meeting with island representatives and the HSE will take place on Monday 16 March when it is hoped that an islands strategy will be agreed and implemented.
“Currently there is no official recommendation that islands be closed down. Whilst the movement of individuals can be discouraged, movement cannot be prevented at this time.
“In order for us to do what we can in the interest of our community, please adhere to guidelines recommended by the HSE. Updates will be issued regarding the outcome of the proposed meeting with the HSE on Monday 16 March. Go raibh maith agaibh.”Tags: