Dealing with our new reality
More stringent restrictions announced by Government
THE Government has introduced a raft of new restrictions aimed at stemming the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The measures – which will be in place until April 19 – will mean more major changes in how people live their daily lives.
They come hours after a twelfth case of the virus was confirmed in Kerry, where frontline health workers are poised for the surge. The measures are also in the face of crowded outdoor scenes nationwide, including at beaches in Kerry – not least Banna which gardaí were forced to close on Sunday.
Meanwhile, one of the region’s biggest employers, Kostal in Abbeyfeale, wound down its operations on Tuesday night for a minimum of a month-long closure.
Staff said news of the raise in the Covid payment to €350 on Tuesday alleviated their concerns over the move, however.
The Listowel Business and Community Alliance is calling this week on the Government to tackle rents as many traders are still paying full whack even though their businesses have been badly hit or closed.
All non-essential businesses have been ordered to close. These include any shops selling non essential items, and all theatres, gyms, hairdressers, casinos and bingo halls.
Francis O’Donnell from Derrymore pictured in the town of Tralee with his coronavirus mask. This gentleman said he was ‘taking no chances’