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Derry walkers urged to avoid Peace Bridge due to concern over crowds

Crowds walking along Derry's Peace Bridge are causing coronavirus concerns. Picture by Brian Lawless/PA Wire.
Seamus McKinney

PEOPLE in Derry have been urged to widen their exercise routes away from the city’s Peace Bridge following concern over huge crowds walking in the area in recent days.

A walkway along the bank of the River Foyle and across the city centre Peace Bridge has proved particularly popular with people keen to exercise during the new coronavirus lockdown. However, there have been complaints that the popularity of the route has made social distancing difficult.

SDLP assembly member Sinead McLaughlin said that, while exercise as important for physical and mental health, people should think carefully about how they exercise.

“We must all be careful about our distance from other people. This is currently very difficult in areas of the riverside walk on Derry’s cityside and on the Peace Bridge. Please consider other walking routes for exercise, including the riverside walk on the Waterside and ‘the line’ (Letterkenny Road) beyond Craigavon Bridge on the cityside.

“In some situations, it may be appropriate to wear a mask while out walking to reduce Covid transmission risk,” she said.

Ms McLaughlin has asked Derry and Strabane council and the Department for Infrastructure to consider ways of widening the existing riverside walk to reduce congestion and the risk of transmission.

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