Safety first measures for business reopening

Kerry County Council CEO Moira Murrell: Critical that the streets in towns and villages can accommodate business activity safely

IT is crucial that businesses preparing to reopen after the Covid-19 lockdown can welcome and cater for their customers safely and, in that respect, Kerry County Council is developing and implementing plans to ensure that towns and villages reopen with safe environments for commercial businesses to operate.

Measures are also being put in place for members of the public to adhere to public advice and travel and other restrictions when visiting business premises.

The local authority has been working closely with other agencies and key sectors in the local economy on the rollout of supports and initiatives to assist businesses and support the economic recovery in the county.

Understanding the potential impact of public health guidelines will have on businesses, particularly the 2m physical distancing requirement, the council has been developing plans to ensure a safe transition.

Signage is to be installed in towns and villages highlighting social distancing measures and similar works have been undertaken at beach car parks and public amenities over the past number of weeks.

Further measures are under development by the council to ensure street space can be shared safely by pedestrians, cyclists, public transport and cars and to accommodate and promote street usage by commercial premises so that they can operate according to public health guidelines.

Social distancing instructions have been placed in public areas

Kerry County Council Chief Executive, Moira Murrell, said developing the town and village mobility plans will see the local authority engaging closely with business interests to ensure that the plans will be able to further unlock the ability of premises to conduct their business.

“We are very aware of the need for businesses to re-start but, at the same time, it is critical that the streets in our towns and villages can accommodate business activity safely,” she said.

“Significant work has already been carried out by council staff in developing simple but effective ways of ensuring that social distancing can be maintained while ensuring that businesses can resume trading and provide their goods and services to customers,” Ms Murrell added.

This will include standards for queuing requirements and other retail aspects to assist the social distancing restrictions that must be maintained into the future.

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