Kerry following the roadmap to reopening

Getting back to normal, slowly but surely: A group of ladies enjoying some nibbles, tea and valuable catch-up time while soaking in the view in the national park at Muckross and still remembering to social distance.
Picture: Aoife O’Donoghue

KERRY County Council has re-commenced the delivery of its roadworks programme, on a gradual and phased basis, with almost €51 million committed in grant aid.

In accordance with the measures identified under phase one of the government roadmap for reopening, which commenced on Monday last, a review of all council offices has been undertaken to prepare for the phased reopening of public counters and local authority customer services, including motor tax and cash offices. The planning unit is to reopen for public access from Monday next, most likely through an appointment-based process to ensure social distancing can be maintained.

Killarney House and Gardens: Still there to be explored and enjoyed. Picture: Phil Brosnan

Kerry County Council will continue to review all its operations to ensure compliance with government protocols on working safely for the protection of staff and the public and it has been stressed that the increased measures required to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace are extensive but necessary.

The council’s enforcement officers will be overseeing the measures put in place at its amenities, which will be subject to review and amendment, as required. A coordinated response has been developed with An Garda Síochána on enforcing government regulations in relation to public health requirement at these locations.

Kerry County Council’s Economic Recovery Team and two supporting sub-committees are coordinating the provision of advice and assistance to key sectors of the Kerry economy and supporting and informing initiatives to secure the local economic recovery as the Covid-19 restrictions continue to be eased.

Among the initiatives already in place or being advanced over the coming weeks are:

  • Promoting and marketing Kerry as a safe place to work and do business.
  • Promoting and marketing Kerry as a safe place to visit when restrictions are eased.
  • Development of a safe destination programme to attract domestic tourists.
  • Development of ‘Discover Your County’ programme to support the hospitality industry.
  • A dedicate freephone helpline for businesses seeking advice and supports.
  • Local Enterprise Office advice on financial and other supports.
  • Bespoke Covid-19 compliance training programmes for hospitality and retail sectors in conjunction with Kerry Education and Training Board and IT Tralee.
  • A new online directory of services and businesses which are re-opening or trading online.
  • Development of #KerryOpenForBusiness and #ShopLocal campaigns.
  • Work on physical planning in towns and destinations to ensure social distancing and support the reopening of businesses over the coming months.
  • Investment in capital developments, including North Kerry and Tralee-Fenit greenways, other infrastructural improvements and urban and rural enhancement.

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