From small Irish towns to rural New Zealand: where Matt Damon, the Beckhams and more stars are self-isolating

Some celebrities have been criticised for moving to their second homes, while others have found themselves stuck in remote places

Around the world, people are being encouraged to stay home in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19, travel has been largely restricted and celebrities are no different.

Much to the joy of locals, Matt Damon is currently currently stuck in a small Irish town. According to reports he was in the seaside town of Dalkey, near the capital Dublin on Ireland's east coast, when lockdown was enforced in the country and travel restricted. And he seems to still be there now.

Locals have delighted in spotting him around the area since early April:

Damon is in Ireland to film new Ridley Scott movie, The Last Duel. It has been reported that he is there with his wife, Luciana Barroso, and their children.

Where have other celebrities gone to wait out self-isolation?

Like Damon, The Hills star Kristin Cavallari was affected by flight restrictions and stuck in the Bahamas for three weeks with American footballer player husband, Jay Cutler, their two children and Cavallari's hairstylist.

They arrived around March 15, but all incoming travel was banned by March 24, and tourists were urged to leave.

It seems that Cavallari and family did not, however, as it wasn't until Tuesday, April 7 that she posted on Instagram that they had taken advantage of a "short window to get out of the Bahamas". They are now home in Nashville.

The Beckham family made an early decision to leave cities behind and head to their UK country home in the Cotswolds.

However, the decision has prompted backlash from some social media commenters, who have said they are "selfish" for moving to their second home under lockdown.

The former footballer has posted videos running in the countryside during his permitted hour of daily exercise.

Like the Beckhams, chef Gordon Ramsay has moved his family down to the UK's most southern corner, to Daymer Bay in Cornwall.

Similarly he has been criticised for heading out of London to the more rural area, with locals worried he has "brought the virus" from the city to Cornwall.

Despite the criticism, however, Ramsay continues to post photos with his family members from Cornwall, geo-tagging himself in Daymer Bay.

Getting out into the countryside seems to be the go-to move Stateside too, as Justin Timberlake has posted a photo of himself and his dog out in a very snowy open, mountainous space.

"Out here social distancing with the [family] and a lot of [trees], he captioned the image. "I hope you guys are staying safe and healthy. We need to stick together and look out for each other during this crazy time."

He has not revealed exactly where he is, however Timberlake and wife Jessica Biel have both spoken about living in Big Sky, Montana in the past.

Another famous name to have favoured rural life over a busy city for isolation is English author, Neil Gaiman, who is currently in rural New Zealand.

In a video, Gaiman says he isn't "entirely sure" how he came to be in lockdown in the Southern Hemisphere, but seems pretty content to be sat outside with a brood of chickens.

He does add that he is "failing to write" during his time in self-isolation.


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