July 16, 2024

More and more Kilkenny residents defying travel restrictions: report

There has been another increase in the number of Kilkenny residents travelling further than 10km from their homes during the current lockdown restrictions.

The Staying Local Indicator (SLI) issued by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) reveals 59.4% of Kilkenny residents did not travel further than 10km at any point during the week ending February. This was a drop of 1.6% (61%) recorded the previous week.

It was the fourth SLI report in a row which indicated a drop in Kilkenny residents’ adherence to the lockdown restrictions. Kilkenny’s drop was inline with the rest of the country, with every county recording a decrease in SLI compliance on the previous week, a sign that people’s patience with the current restrictions is wearing thin.

The figure for Kilkenny is down by almost 3% since the start of the year.

The CSO data is gathered in conjunction with Ireland’s mobile phone operators. However, the CSO insists that phones are not tracked and that ut does not have access to personal data or individuals’ movements.

Nationally, adherence to the travel restrictions dropped by 2% down to 64.7% of the population.

Dublin continues to be the county with the highest percentage of the population staying local (79.7%), while Roscommon was at the bottom of the list at 50.0%.





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