A buffer zone along the Border has been suggested as a way to prevent the spread of Covid-19 between Northern Ireland and the Republic.
The Independent Scientific Advocacy Group, a group of health experts which has been advocating for a zero-Covid strategy, has written to the government to suggest introducing ‘red zones’ in border counties.
The plan would see residents at the border in Donegal and other counties being asked to stay within their county, or within a 5km radius if required, with exceptions only afforded to essential workers or those who need medical assistance.
Garda checkpoints would regulate movements in and out of red zones.
A “red zone” in Border areas with high levels of infection would be surrounded by a “buffer zone” between 10 and 30 kilometres wide, with graduated travel restrictions.
The Cabinet’s sub-committee on Covid-19 is meeting today to discuss Level 5 restrictions, including schools, hospitals and travel restrictions.