Both Cork Mayors, along with the Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council have come together in an appeal to people to adhere to public health restrictions as the country heads into Level 5 of the National Framework for Living with Covid-19.
In a joint video message, the Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Mary Linehan Foley, the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Joe Kavanagh and the Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Patrick Connor-Scarteen have urged people to make a renewed effort to curb the spread of the virus.
The three local authorities in Cork and Kerry worked closely since the beginning of the pandemic, coordinating an inter-agency regional response to Covid-19 alongside other agencies such as the HSE and An Garda Síochána.
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Mary Linehan Foley, said that as a mother and a grandmother she knows the importance of family and staying in contact and of the “many sacrifices have been made in the way we live”.
“But we must continue to make the right choices to protect our families, our neighbours, our loved ones and those throughout Cork County who have provided vital support to our community this year.
“By following the HSE’s advice and that of your GP, you can reduce the strain on frontline workers and healthcare facilities,” she said.
Lord Mayor of Cork City, Cllr Joe Kavanagh echoed Cllr Linehan’s message and said that the Covid-19 is still with us and that it is “vital” to keep our distance to stop the spread of the virus.
“To all the people isolating at home right now and finding it tough, stay the course – we truly appreciate what you are doing for the benefit of your community’s health and we thank you.
“Know that your community supports you and don’t forget to access your local community response forum if you need their help while you’re isolating,” he said.
Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Patrick Connor-Scarteen said: “Like everyone in Kerry, I know people and families who have been severely impacted by the coronavirus. Unfortunately, nobody is immune.
“It’s understandable that we are all getting weary and anxious about restrictions on how we live our lives. But there is so much at stake. I know this is a challenge for all of us. But remember, everyone has a part to play.” Community supports are available both in Cork and Kerry through the free Community Call helplines, open 9am to 5pm, seven days a week.
- Cork County Council - 1800 805 819 email firstname.lastname@example.org
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- Kerry County Council - 1800 807 009 email firstname.lastname@example.org