'Lives are at risk': Residents in college area call for party ban

'Lives are at risk': Residents in college area call for party ban
Picture: David Keane

Pressure is mounting on landlords and letting agents renting out properties around University College Cork (UCC) to include a stipulation that House Parties are not allowed.

The call comes from the Magazine Road Residents Association (MMRA) who are asking for this measure to be brought in in the interest of public health.

The group say that new rules need to be implemented to ensure Covid - 19 compliance.

Members of a family among the residents of Magazine Road & Surrounding Area Residents Association, Cork, who highlighted concerns about Covid-19 regulations being breached in the area by young people during lockdown. The residents present observed social distancing.Picture Denis Minihane.
Members of a family among the residents of Magazine Road & Surrounding Area Residents Association, Cork, who highlighted concerns about Covid-19 regulations being breached in the area by young people during lockdown. The residents present observed social distancing.Picture Denis Minihane.

MRRA is also calling on landlords to ensure that their tenants comply with the current Government guidelines on Covid-19 which states that no more than six people can visit a house.

Chairperson of the MRRA, Catherine Clancy said: “This clause needs to be put into the letting agreements to prevent a recurrence of the proliferation on Covid-19 Lockdown parties that happened in our community during the last few months.

“These house parties risk the spread of Covid-19 in our community and we need to ensure residents and students can share this area without feeling anxious.” 

“We also call on the Government to move on legislation to put an end to the Covid-19 house parties to deal with the reckless landlords and tenants who ignore the Covid-19 regulators and are non-compliant. People’s lives are at risk if we do not play by the rules.”

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