A number of amenities around Galway city have been closed following concerns about breaches of social distancing guidelines.

Many of the areas in question were subject to restrictions that were lifted last week, but increased traffic to coastal and riverside locations in recent days has led to a reimposition of closures.

In the city centre, access to the Claddagh Basin and the Spanish Arch is being restricted.

Gardaí spent a number of hours in the area yesterday evening, monitoring large crowds that had gathered by the banks of the River Corrib.

Car parks at Silverstrand and Ballyloughane beaches are closed and access to Blackrock Diving Tower in Salthill and a nearby coastal pathway has also been limited.

The decision to reimpose restrictions was taken following ongoing monitoring of crowds and movement across the city in recent days.

Local authority staff and gardaí are in regular contact to discuss the best way to ensure social distancing guidelines are maintained.

Meanwhile, the regular Saturday market in Galway, which had to be closed last weekend due to crowding, will take place with some modifications tomorrow.

Only traders selling food will be present, with those serving hot dishes located in the car park of St Pat's School, across the road from the traditional market site.

Galway City Council says a one-way system will be in place for shoppers in an effort to manage footfall in the area around St Nicholas' Cathedral while the market takes place.

Meanwhile Kerry County Council has said that Inch Beach in the county will be closed to the public for the weekend at the request of gardaí.