People in 21 counties ‘continued to travel further than 10km from their home’

People in 21 counties ‘continued to travel further than 10km from their home’

A view of the Citywest Covid-19 Vaccination Centre in Dublin (Brian Lawless/PA)

People living in 21 counties in Ireland continued to travel further than 10km from their home, new statistics show.

Carlow and Roscommon are among the counties with the lowest percentage of people staying within 10km of home in the last week of February.

The counties with the lowest number of people staying local often have low levels of urbanisation and access to services.

Data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that there continues to be a relaxation in adherence to Covid-19 travel restrictions.

The tenth Staying Local Indicator (SLI) uses anonymised mobile phone activity records to measure the public’s movements across seven days.

It found that some 63.6% of the population stayed local – within 10km of home – during the week ending March 31.

This data precedes the easing of restrictions which came into force today, April 12. People are now permitted to travel anywhere within their county or up to 20km from their home if crossing into another county.

Figures from the CSO show that all counties showed SLI decreases in the last week of March, ranging from 1.6 percentage points in Dublin to 0.2 percentage points in Longford, Roscommon and Wexford, indicating some relaxation of mobility behaviour.

Donegal and Kerry showed no SLI change from the week ending March 24 to the week ending March 31, holding at 54.1% and 57% respectively.

Mayo showed a modest SLI increase of 0.4 percentage points during the same time period, and Leitrim and Sligo both showed slight increases of 0.1 percentage points over the same period.

Dublin continues to be the county with the highest percentage of the population staying local at 77.9%, reflecting its urbanised nature and access to services compared to other counties.

The SLI provides daily estimated percentages of county populations that have stayed within 10km of home, averaged over the preceding seven days.

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