Chair appeals for residents to Stay Home, Stay Safe during Covid-19 pandemic
Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Martin Kearney has appealed for residents to ‘stay home, stay safe’ and adhere to the vital social distancing advice if they must go out as the Covid-19 pandemic continues.
Yesterday, 23 March, the Council, as part of its on-going response to Covid-19 and in line with the latest advice, took the decision to move to delivering essential services only. This includes: bin collections and recycling centres, registration services (births and deaths), burial services and it will continue to receive planning and building control applications.
Speaking on the developments, the Chair emphasised the importance of strictly following social distancing guidelines and thanked staff and the community for all their support during this difficult time. He said:
“The Council’s focus has been, and remains, the safety of our staff, our customers and the wider Mid Ulster community. We have already taken necessary steps over the last week to play our part in helping to reduce the spread of this deadly pandemic including closing our leisure and arts and cultural centres, play areas and most recently moving to providing essential services only, all in an attempt to adhere to vital social distancing measures which are crucial to prevent the spread of the infection.
“I have been totally overwhelmed by the response from our community and how everyone has pulled together to support one another and most notably those in need during such an uncertain and troubling time. We have been inundated by requests from individuals and organisations in the community willing to help in any way they can. Lists of community organisations offering their services, including food banks and advice and counselling, can be found on the Council’s website for anyone who needs them. The lists are growing longer by the hour- an example that community spirit still remains alive and well in Mid Ulster even in such challenging times.
“While we greatly appreciate all that our staff and the public are doing to play their part at this difficult time, this must not come at the cost of putting yourself or your families at risk! It is imperative that we all follow the important social distancing advice and where possible stay home, stay safe. This is the only way we are going to reduce the spread of the infection and decrease the number of people affected.
“I understand that there are testing times ahead but I am hopeful that if we all play our part and follow the safety advice issued and look out for one another, we will get through this together.”
To view the list of community help and support available, click here. You can add your organisation’s details by emailing them to email@example.com.