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Council asks holidaymakers to follow public health guidelines

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As the country continues to reopen for business and tourism Kerry County Council is visitors to play their part.

An increase in the numbers coming to the county, especially Killarney, has been recorded this week. And now they're being asked to play to practise social distancing, carry out regular hand washing, cover their mouth and nose when sneezing, to avoid congregating in large groups, handshaking and hugging, and to wear face masks where necessary.

“In Kerry, we have had extremely low levels of COVID-19 cases, and as restrictions begin to ease and we welcome visitors to the county, we are able to highlight the significant work that has been carried out by accommodation providers, shops and businesses, communities and Kerry County Council to continue to keep it that way,” Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Patrick Connor Scarteen, explained.

“As Ireland’s prime tourism destination, we want everyone to know that we are open for business, but we are asking all visitors for their help to ensure that Kerry continues to be a safe, welcoming location for visitors.”

Chief Executive of Kerry County Council Moira Murrell pointed to the work carried out by all sectors making Kerry safe.

“Our Safe Destination Kerry Programme has seen significant work carried out by Kerry County Council to provide additional space on our footpaths and around our towns and villages for people to feel comfortable in. In addition, the Safe Destination Badge identifies tourism and retail premises in Kerry where over 3,000 staff have undergone specialised training on cleanliness, hygiene and customer interaction.

“We are mindful that people want to feel comfortable and safe on their holidays. In Kerry we can offer this, with safe streets, safe shops and safe hotels and guesthouses, and we are asking our guests to be mindful of the health guidelines and help us keep Kerry safe.”

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Relief as indoor dining finally resumes

By Michelle Crean After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in. Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday. According to the new […]

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By Michelle Crean

After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in.

Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday.

According to the new rules as set out by Fáilte Ireland and the Government, in order for customers to access indoor service, they must show proof that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months. Those who are not yet vaccinated can only be served outside.

A maximum of six people aged 13 and over are allowed per table and it’s advised that face coverings be worn when not at the table, there is no time limit, customers can only eat or drink at a table and not at the bar or counter, and one person must give their details for contract tracing purposes. Live music and dancing is not allowed.

The Killarney Advertiser spoke to a number of businesses this week and overall the feeling was relief that they can finally get back to normal service but the issue of staffing still remains.

Brian Murphy from Courtney’s Bar said he was feeling nervous.

“I’m feeling nervous as we don’t have enough staff,” he said. “It’s a Monday so hopefully we can cope. Things will settle down and we’ll find a level we are all happy with.”

At the Porterhouse Restaurant Lee O’Callaghan said “It’s great to be back open and have people coming into the restaurant”.

“Hopefully we have a long season after being closed for so long.”

Staff at Reidy’s, Ellen Shannon, Rory Carroll and Jack Sweeney, added that they’re delighted to return to indoor dining.

“Hopefully we get back to normal soon and to brighter days ahead.”

At Jimmy Brien’s Bar in Fair Hill, customers echoed the same sentiments about being finally open.

“We are delighted to be back,” Danjoe Aherne said.

“We appreciate everything Alan Breen has done for us. We’re glad to be back home again!” Charlie Buckingham said.

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Time to get your skates on!

By Sean Moriarty People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline. A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council. Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people […]

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By Sean Moriarty

People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline.

A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council.

Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people of the town to have their say.

It is proposed to build the park on land adjacent to the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre with help and support from the KDYS.

“In 2017 a group of skateboard enthusiasts approached me, they had no designated safe area to enjoy their sport. Sport is vital for youths, stakeboarding increases metabolism, improves balance and enhances coordination use,” Cllr Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Skateboarding is now an Olympic sport. I commend Kerry County Council, management, engineers and the planning team for getting the project to this stage, it’s now up to the people of Killarney to have their say. It’s vital positive submissions are lodged by Wednesday, August 25,”

Submissions can be lodged to the Playground Unit, Finance Dept, Kerry County Council.

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