Deal­ing with our new re­al­ity

More strin­gent restrictio­ns an­nounced by Gov­ern­ment

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - FRONT PAGE - BY SI­MON BROUDER & DÓ­NAL NOLAN

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.

Photo by Dom­nick Walsh

Fran­cis O’Don­nell from Der­ry­more pic­tured in the town of Tralee with his coro­n­avirus mask. This gen­tle­man said he was ‘tak­ing no chances’

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