Restaurateurs and publicans have welcomed the ongoing deep clean taking place in the city, saying it sets the reopening of the city off on the right foot.
The city council’s cleaning staff and specialist contractors are deep-cleaning the streets in advance of the gradual reopening of the city centre.
A spokesman said now is “an ideal opportunity to get a deep clean done when there is less footfall on the streets”.
“We can carry out the work at a faster pace while minimising inconvenience for the public. This body of work will make the city more attractive as we gradually reopen.”
Speaking to The Echo, Mike Ryan, the owner of Coqbull and Cornstore, said it is good, constructive action that will help the city make a good impression on customers when they start coming back into the city.
“It is nice to see the place being cleaned,” he said. “It was needed. The past few weeks, with businesses closed, the place was starting to look a bit shabby.”
Mr Ryan said the deep clean would help business owners who would have normally tended to their own patch of the city.
“A lot of the city is looked after by business owners and over the past few weeks there has been a build-up of litter and even leaves in doorways and alcoves,” he said.
Publican Ernest Cantillon, who runs Electric and Sober Lane, said anything that attracts people to the city can only be a good thing.
“Whether it is for hygiene reasons or just aesthetically pleasing, if it raises consumer confidence it is a positive step,” he said.
“I think, even if it is partly subconscious, it helps, how could it hurt?”
Mr Cantillon was full of praise for the street-cleaning crew in the city centre, saying he was aware of the Trojan work they do all year round. “If you see the city at 3am on a Saturday morning and then at 7am, you can see the work they are doing,” he said. “The difference is phenomenal.”
Over the coming weeks, specialist contractors will be cleansing high footfall areas of the city centre from 2am to 10am using high-powered washing systems with high- and low-pressure steam cleaning functions.