2km from home was launched on the evening of 27th March 2020 after restrictions on movement were announced by the Irish Government in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. On the first day live, 28th March, over 800,000 people visited the site to check where they could exercise.
Subsequently France, Spain and South Africa had announced similar restrictions on exercise, and additional options were added for those countries. Meanwhile in Ireland a plan on easing restrictions to 5km limit on exercise with a further increase to 20km travel in June was announced. 2kmfromhome.com was updated to show those limits.
On 21st May 2020 a rebuild of the site was launched allowing users to pin additional locations to the map, search for places, share their location and choose any radius to display was launched.
The site has been featured on the RTE News website, radio stations and other media outlets. It has been shared extensively on Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp and other social Media websites. Dave Bolger has given interviews to RTE News, featured on the Dave Fanning Show on 2FM, Alan Corcoran Show on South East Radio and KCLR Live on KCLR 96FM with Eimear Ni Bhraonáin, and in The Gorey Guardian.
To mid May 2020, 2.2 million people have used the site 6 million times to see the limit on where they can exercise.
The site is built on the Laravel Framework using Vue, TailwindCss, and Streamline Icons.. The mapping technology used is OpenStreetMap and Leaflet. Geolookps are provided by Algolia Places and IP to Geolookups using Max Mind Geo Lite 2 database. The site is hosted on Linode. CDN and caching from CloudFlare.
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