While many Covid-19 restrictions have now been eased since Monday, Clare Island off the Mayo coast is asking visitors not to travel to the island until later this month.

The Government has permitted travel to offshore islands by non-residents since Monday, but the large majority of tourism operators on Clare Island have decided to remain closed until Friday 17th July.

In a statement from the island's development company, they say many tourism operators are not opening until that date, as they need to finish ongoing renovations, recruit seasonal staff, order supplies and put in place appropriate Covid-19 infrastructure.

Until that date - two weeks from this Friday - accommodation, food, drink and other essential facilities will not be available to tourists.

After that date, visitors to Clare Island are asked to observe social distancing and wear a facemask on the ferry.


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