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19/10/2021

Thank you Kilkenny, #StaySafe and keep up the efforts to #StopTheSpread

A joint message from An Gárda Síochána, the HSE, and Kilkenny County Council

KILKENNY

The three principal response agencies that make up the South East Regional Steering Group (An Gárda Siochána, the HSE and the five local authorities) have thanked people

As Ireland enters a crucial phase in the fight against the virus, the three principal response agencies that make up the South East Regional Steering Group (An Gárda Siochána, the HSE and the five local authorities) have thanked people for their work on stopping the spread of Covid-19.

Ahead of the May Bank Holiday weekend, representatives of, An Gárda Siochána, the HSE and Kilkenny County Council are appealing to everyone in Kilkenny to continue their impressive efforts.

In an effort to deter people from travelling more than two kilometres, local authorities have closed car parks at many amenities and attractions. Colette Byrne, Chair of the Regional Steering Group and Chief Executive of Kilkenny County Council has urged people not to allow everyone’s hard work to be undermined and to #Stay Safe and, where possible, #Stay at Home.

Kate Killeen White, Chief Officer South East Community Healthcare chairs the HSE Crisis Management Team (CMT) has acknowledged that the collective actions of communities in the region is clearly making a difference but it is crucial that everyone keeps up those efforts:

“We know it’s hard, especially in terms of being apart from families and friends but it is helping to protect and keep our communities - especially vulnerable people and healthcare workers - safe. I want to particularly appeal to young people - we in the healthcare community need you to keep that effort going for another while.”

Dominic Hayes, Gárda Chief Superintendent for the Carlow/Kilkenny area, warned that there will be a very visible Gárda presence across both counties and the South East this weekend – making sure that no one is travelling more than two kilometres from home without a valid reason:

“Our members will operate an extensive network of checkpoints across both counties this weekend, to ensure public compliance with the travel restrictions in place as part of Covid-19 public health guidelines," he said.

"There has been very good compliance with the travel restrictions and we want to thank the public for this. However, it is vital that this continues over the coming days and weeks. It will save lives. In particular, we would ask people who are thinking of travelling to parks, tourist locations or holiday homes outside of the two kilometre limit this weekend not to do so. If you are stopped at a checkpoint, you will be turned back.”

The South East Regional Steering Group urges everyone to please play their part and #Stay Safe, # Stop the Spread this May Bank Holiday weekend.

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