Security at Páirc pleads with public to stop taking videos of people attending Covid-19 test centre

Security at Páirc pleads with public to stop taking videos of people attending Covid-19 test centre
People in cars being checked in for coronavirus covid-19 testing at Pairc Uí Chaoimh, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan

SECURITY personnel at Páirc Uí Chaoimh stadium have urged members of the public not to take photos or video footage of the drive-through test centre.

Speaking to The Echo yesterday, one staff member berated people who have taken pictures or recorded cars, where people are identifiable, as they queue up for Covid-19 testing.

“It’s a total breach of privacy.

“People are stressed out enough waiting to go get tested.

“They don’t need to see people with their mobile phones out taking pictures,” he said.

An Garda Síochána have also appealed to the public to be respectful around testing centres.

“Please respect the privacy and human rights of persons attending these centres for testing.

“Do not photograph or video and do not share such posts,” Gardaí said in a statement.

Cars arriving to Covid-19 testing centre at Pairc Ui Chaoimh in Cork Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Cars arriving to Covid-19 testing centre at Pairc Ui Chaoimh in Cork Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Long queues for the testing centre in Páirc Uí Chaoimh seem to have abated following a move from Cork City Council to pedestrianise the Marina.

From 8am until 8pm, City Council is only permitting local access at this time to help patient access to the test centre.

Details of a referral for a test appointment are needed if you want to drive up Centre Park Road.

Outside Páirc Uí Chaoimh stadium yesterday there was a definite sense of order and structure.

The venue, which opened as a Covid-19 testing centre on Sunday, is now the largest in Ireland, conducting in the region of 1,000 tests each day.

The process appeared to be quick and straightforward for those queuing up to get tested. Cars were instructed by security to queue on the approach road and separated into time slots.

It is understood that 10 cars drive into the stadium at a time, each directed to a separate testing bay.

Swab tests are carried out by test teams wearing protective gear.

The drive-thru test centre is operating on an appointment-only basis, following GP referral.

Speaking to The Echo at the weekend, President of Cork County Board, Tracey Kennedy, said she is glad that the stadium is of use to the HSE during the pandemic.

“We were delighted to be able to do something to support the absolute immense work that is being done by the frontline workers so we’re delighted that we had the capacity to offer the stadium to them for whatever they need to use it for,” she said.

Meanwhile, the LÉ Eithne is currently docked in Cork city and is awaiting tasking by the HSE.

It is likely that the vessel may be used as another test centre, but this has not yet been confirmed.

“LÉ Eithne stands ready in Cork City to assist our partners the HSE, if and when they ask for assistance,” a spokesperson for the Defence Forces said.

“As of this morning, LÉ Eithne hasn’t been tasked with any specific role.” 

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