Things are starting to get serious here.
I went down to the village yesterday and there was a whacking great sign erected on the main street. It was one of those portable ones that they love sticking up at the side of motorways warning you of some minor danger ahead and generally causing a greater danger by distracting drivers. The sign was apparently a message from our health mob warning us all to keep our distance and that any illegally parked car would be towed away. I haven’t a fucking clue what the last bit was about as a) the place was deserted so there was tons of parking and b) I didn’t know cars had to practice social distancing anyway. How the fuck can the health service dictate where I park?
Neighbour sent me a text just after I got home. Apparently he had also just nipped down to the village [I must have just missed him] and had been stopped by The Law demanding to know where he was going and what he was at. I suppose if I had been stopped I would have been told I was a being naughty boy and to go back home at once. Aren’t we living in happy times?
Reading through their Emergency Legislation it seems they are quite serious about us wrinklies.
The restrictions mean people should not leave their homes other than in very limited circumstances for the next fortnight, while people over 70, or with an underlying medical condition should not leave their homes at all.
Under emergency legislation passed by the Oireachtas on Thursday gardaí will be empowered to enforce these restrictions, including to detain people refusing to comply.