People encouraged to protect each other from virus as improving weather conditions attracts footfall to Cork towns

People encouraged to protect each other from virus as improving weather conditions attracts footfall to Cork towns
 On a day of hot, sunny weather and highs of 22 degrees Celsius, Baltimore was busy with tourists. Picture: Andy Gibson

Day two of highs of 18 degrees celsius have the streets of Cork bustling with people dining on pedestrianised streets and popping into local shops.

With tomorrow set to be another scorcher, people are being asked to remember the importance of adhering to public health guidelines to suppress the spread of Covid-19, particularly those more vulnerable to the virus.

Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr Mary Linehan Foley joined representatives from Cork County Comháirle na nÓg this week to issue the reminder for people to continue to protect one another.

Echoing Cork County Council’s CARE message, the Comháirle na nÓg group joined together to encourage other younger people to be aware of the needs and safety of older and more vulnerable people as towns and villages reopen.

Developed as part of the Council’s Project ACT, the CARE guidelines were developed in collaboration with the Cork Older People’s Council to promote consideration for more vulnerable people during the crisis.

Project ACT is an initiative to help activate the county’s towns during the Covid-19 crisis.

The Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley enjoying a cup of coffee in the recently rejuvenated area outside Priory Coffee Co. in Fermoy. Also included are Piet Du Toit (left) and Kevin Harrington, Proprietor of Priory Cafe. Pic: Brian Lougheed
The Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley enjoying a cup of coffee in the recently rejuvenated area outside Priory Coffee Co. in Fermoy. Also included are Piet Du Toit (left) and Kevin Harrington, Proprietor of Priory Cafe. Pic: Brian Lougheed

The guidelines ask people to observe the following;

The CARE guidelines ask people to: Consider older and vulnerable people’s needs as they re-join communities after weeks of cocooning and isolation; Assist older and vulnerable people by respecting age-friendly parking spaces and accessible parking spaces for people with disabilities in our towns, villages and shopping centres; Respect physical distancing for older and vulnerable people and give them space on our streets, parks and walkways; and Empathise with older and vulnerable people and understand that they may feel especially anxious at this time.

On a day of hot, sunny weather and highs of 22 degrees Celsius, Baltimore was busy with tourists. Picture: Andy Gibson
On a day of hot, sunny weather and highs of 22 degrees Celsius, Baltimore was busy with tourists. Picture: Andy Gibson

Mayor Linehan Foley appealed to young people to continue playing their part in tackling Covid 19 and said that it is young people who “play a vital role in curbing the spread of Covid-19 in our communities and protecting our most vulnerable members”.

“It is possible to carry the virus unknowingly and to pass it among friends and family, and they themselves run the risk of becoming seriously ill.

“I urge young people to adhere to the government guidelines in relation to social distancing, wear a face covering when required and avoid large gatherings to protect those close to you, as well as your wider community. We are in this together and we can overcome Covid-19 if we all do our part,” she said.

FThe newly-elected Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley sampling some of West Cork Hospitality courtesy of Field's Coffee Shop in Skibbereen. From left; Bernie Crowley, Field's; Nial Healy, Cork Co Co and John Field, prop. Field's SuperValu, Skibbereen. Pic: Brian Lougheed.
FThe newly-elected Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley sampling some of West Cork Hospitality courtesy of Field's Coffee Shop in Skibbereen. From left; Bernie Crowley, Field's; Nial Healy, Cork Co Co and John Field, prop. Field's SuperValu, Skibbereen. Pic: Brian Lougheed.

According to Met Éireann, Wednesday will be a humid and breezy day with scattered outbreaks of rain and drizzle with dry and bright spells also and highs of 17 to 22 degrees celsius.

Thursday looks set to be cloudy and misty early on before brightening up with sunny spells and some scattered showers with afternoon temperatures 19 to 21 degrees celsius forecast.

Friday is due to be bright with sunny spells but a thickening cloud will bring rain through western counties during the afternoon with highs of between 18 and 21 degrees celsius.

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