Kerry County Council is appealing to people of Kerry to adhere strictly to the new restrictions announced by the Government and the National Public Health Emergency Team in relation to limiting the spread of the Coronavirus/COVID-19.

The Council is echoing the call of An Taoiseach and the Chief Medical Officer for people to stay at home except for the exceptional circumstances set out by the public health authorities.

Kerry County Council has stepped up its response to the COVID-19 emergency. Council staff are continuing to provide essential and emergency services to the public. A full range of contact numbers and online services is available through the council’s website, www.kerrycoco.ie. From Monday, all Council offices and buildings will be closed to the general public in the interests of public health.

Civic Amenity Sites (recycling centres) are now closed to the public. All other public amenities such as playgrounds, public leisure centres and swimming pools, and branch libraries remain closed.

The Chief Executive of Kerry County Council, Moira Murrell, said that the decision to close offices to public access is being taken in the interests of saving lives and limiting the spread of COVID-19.

“I want to reiterate the messages of the Government and the health authorities. Everyone now has a critical role to play in observing the new requirements, by staying home and adhering to the new restrictions.

“Kerry County Council is continuing to provide essential and emergency services to our county. Our staff continue to work diligently to ensure continuity of critical services and I thank them for their dedication and commitment at this difficult time.

“I want to assure the people of Kerry that the County Council is doing all it can to contribute to reducing the impact of this public health crisis. I thank the people of Kerry for their support and cooperation at this time,” she added.