Ennis GP Issues Stark Warning About Non-Essential Travel Abroad

An Ennis GP has issued a stark warning that non-essential travel abroad simply isn’t worth the risk.

The Government is finalising plans for some form of foreign travel to be introduced later this month, with a ‘green list’ of countries being put together, where the 14-day quarantine rule wouldn’t apply.

It comes as Ryanair has resumed 40% of its flights today, including services from Shannon.

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The CEO of Ryanair has criticised health officials for “issuing edicts” in urging people to cancel their summer holidays.

The airline’s resuming 40 per cent of its normal July schedule today, with over a thousand flights operating across Europe and it’s looking to resume sixteen weekly services from Shannon.

A plane from Vienna was the first of Ryanair’s to touch down at the Midwest facility this morning, and marked the return of regularly scheduled passenger services for the first time since March.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan has advised people to cancel their holiday plans, and stay in Ireland this summer, but Ryanair CEO Eddie Wilson doesn’t think the advice is appropriate:

The Medical Director of the Irish College of General Practitioners disagrees though.

Six cases of COVID-19 this week and four last week were directly associated with travel abroad.

Ennis GP, Dr Tony Cox says there’s already a worrying trend emerging and that travelling is not worth the risk.

A Clare-based Travel Counsellor thinks people should “put their pride in the pocket” and is urging people to start planning now for 2021.

Gearóid Mannion says the vast majority of people who had planned a foreign holiday this year has already put it off until next summer, and says little or no fee is being charged by providers.

For those yearning for a breakaway in the sun, he’s warning that places for next year may soon be booked out.