As the country continues to reopen for business and tourism Kerry County Council is visitors to play their part.

An increase in the numbers coming to the county, especially Killarney, has been recorded this week. And now they’re being asked to play to practise social distancing, carry out regular hand washing, cover their mouth and nose when sneezing, to avoid congregating in large groups, handshaking and hugging, and to wear face masks where necessary.

“In Kerry, we have had extremely low levels of COVID-19 cases, and as restrictions begin to ease and we welcome visitors to the county, we are able to highlight the significant work that has been carried out by accommodation providers, shops and businesses, communities and Kerry County Council to continue to keep it that way,” Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Patrick Connor Scarteen, explained.

“As Ireland’s prime tourism destination, we want everyone to know that we are open for business, but we are asking all visitors for their help to ensure that Kerry continues to be a safe, welcoming location for visitors.”

Chief Executive of Kerry County Council Moira Murrell pointed to the work carried out by all sectors making Kerry safe.

“Our Safe Destination Kerry Programme has seen significant work carried out by Kerry County Council to provide additional space on our footpaths and around our towns and villages for people to feel comfortable in. In addition, the Safe Destination Badge identifies tourism and retail premises in Kerry where over 3,000 staff have undergone specialised training on cleanliness, hygiene and customer interaction.

“We are mindful that people want to feel comfortable and safe on their holidays. In Kerry we can offer this, with safe streets, safe shops and safe hotels and guesthouses, and we are asking our guests to be mindful of the health guidelines and help us keep Kerry safe.”