‘The children are not at fault… but the parents should cop on’

Social distancing: The streets of Killarney are eerily quiet but, it seems, there is no shortage of activity in some estates.
Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

WORRIED families in housing estates and other residential areas in Killarney have appealed to parents not to allow their children to mingle in large groups in green areas on Covid-19 health and safety grounds.

A number of concerned parents have contacted local politicians to highlight the matter and gardai are to be asked to disperse large groups of children or teenagers as part of the implementation of new social distancing guidelines.

One woman, concerned for the safety of her family, told KillarneyToday.com: “Ever since the schools closed, there have been large groups of children from different households out playing together in our estate every day. What are these mothers thinking?”

She said the children involved are all under 10 or 12 years of age and are not teenagers.

“I can say for certain, from observations, that they do not understand social distancing. It is completely unbelievable and unacceptable”.

The woman said she has repeatedly told other children not to be calling to her door asking for her own kids to go out playing.

“I completely understand that this is a very stressful time for parents but surely their children can play outside in their own backyards. The children are not at fault as they don’t understand but the parents should cop on,” she added.

Councillors in Killarney have confirmed that they have been contacted by anxious parents, from at least two local estates, who are concerned that Covid-19 will spread from house to house, including some dwellings with elderly residents, and lives are being put at risk.

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