A fresh analysis of peoples’ movements suggests that Clare’s supermarkets and pharmacies are seeing as many customers now, than before the outbreak of COVID-19.
Other activity indicators under Google’s Mobility Reports suggest most people are following the guidelines, however.
While some businesses re-opened last week, the government advice continues to stress that people should stay home and avoid unnecessary journeys.
Shopping for essential items is permitted, but even then, this should be limited.
However, the latest Google Mobility report shows that throughout the past week, the number of people going into grocery stores and pharmacies in Clare is actually slightly higher than in January and February, when the company collected pre-pandemic statistics to act as a baseline comparison.
Other data suggests people are adhering to the guidelines, in the main.
On Saturday, May 16th, before the beginning of the current phase of re-opening the country, there was a 35% fall in the number of people in workplaces – that figure stood at 53% for during the previous week.
There’s been a 70% reduction in people going to other shops, a 50% fall in the numbers at transport hubs and a 25% increase in the number of people staying home.