Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr Mary Linehan Foley joined representatives from Cork County Comhairle na nÓg this week to issue a reminder of the importance of adhering to public health guidelines to suppress the spread of Covid 19 and protect one another.
Echoing Cork County Council’s CARE message, the Comhairle na nÓg group joined together to encourage other younger people to be aware of the needs and safety of older and more vulnerable people as our towns and villages reopen gradually.
Developed as part of the Council’s Project ACT, an initiative to help activate the county’s towns during the COVID-19 crisis, the CARE guidelines were developed in collaboration with the Cork Older People’s Council to promote consideration for more vulnerable people during the crisis.
The guidelines ask people to observe the following;
- Consider older and vulnerable people’s needs as they re-join our communities after weeks of cocooning and isolation.
- Assist older and vulnerable people by respecting age-friendly parking spaces and accessible parking spaces for people with disabilities in our towns, villages and shopping centres.
- Respect physical distancing for older and vulnerable people and give them space on our streets, parks and walkways.
- Empathise with older and vulnerable people and understand that they may feel especially anxious at this time.
Mayor Linehan Foley appealed to young people to continue playing their part in tackling Covid 19,
“Young people play a vital role in curbing the spread of Covid 19 in our communities and protecting our most vulnerable members. It is possible to carry the virus unknowingly and to pass it among friends and family, and they themselves run the risk of becoming seriously ill. I urge young people to adhere to the government guidelines in relation to social distancing, wear a face covering when required and avoid large gatherings to protect those close to you, as well as your wider community. We are in this together and we can overcome Covid 19 if we all do our part.”