Virus is looming large – so stay safe

Heave’s Reflex: Killarney was looking so inviting in the sunshine this Saturday but the appeal to people is to stay at home

THE people of Kerry have been urged to stay at home and stay safe this Easter with the threat of contracting Covid-19 still looming large.

The statutory agencies involved in the ongoing response to the pandemic say they understand it will be difficult to avoid the urge to travel during Easter – particularly with the good weather – but they asked them to hold firm for a little longer.

Tough but necessary measures are required to make sure the county doesn’t lose the progress made in recent months.

The HSE, An Garda Síochána and Kerry County Council have come together to remind everyone that although it’s difficult, there can be no gatherings or celebrations indoors.

All the agencies have worked together to co-ordinate the community response to the Covid-19 crisis for more than a year.

Mayor Patrick Connor Scarteen

The acting Director of Public Health for the region Dr Anne Sheahan said it will tempting to visit friends and family but she knows from experience after Christmas that visits between households greatly speed up the spread of Covid-19.

“We are now close to a major ramping up of the vaccination roll-out and we need to hold on just a little longer,” Dr Sheahan said.

Any indoor visits, whether it’s a playdate, get-together or cup of coffee carries risk – and the more people involved, the greater the risk, Dr Sheahan warned.

Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Patrick Connor-Scarteen appealed to people in Kerry to make every effort over the Easter period to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

“I can appreciate that people are frustrated and anxious to return to some more normality in their lives but case numbers remain high,” he said.

“We are so close to a ramping up of the vaccine programme that we cannot afford to go backwards so my appeal is to everyone to play their part in continuing to adhere to restrictions which are in place for everyone’s benefit,” the mayor stated.

The agencies also appealed to the people of Kerry not to host visitors from other parts of the country.

The county has worked very hard to turn the tide on Covid-19 infections in the last three months and an influx of visitors could put all of that at risk.