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Sunday, 22nd March 2020

Callan calls for immediate closure of playgrounds to protect children from virus

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The children's playground at Dominic's Park was not busy this morning but it was still open and there was no sign of any Covid 19 posters.

"If playgrounds are not safe in Fingal, South Dublin and Dublin City how can they be safe in Drogheda, Ardee and Dundalk?"

On their web site Louth County Council say that all playgrounds in the County are closed to the public to help prevent the spread of the Corona virus Covid 19. But in reality they’re all still open.

Independent councillor Kevin Callen received numerous complaints from members of the public yesterday that the playground at Saint Dominic‘s Park in Drogheda has been open for the last few days and was very busy and has called for the immediate closure of all playgrounds across the county.

Bizarrely, despite what they say in their website, when Councillor Callan raised the issue with senior Council management on Saturday, he was told that the playgrounds would remain open and that it was a decision to be made nationally and the playgrounds would not be closed.

When Councillor Callan asked if it would be possible for him to formally request that the playgrounds be closed he was told that this would not be possible.

Callan told Drogheda Life that he had consulted with public representatives in other areas such as Fingal County Council,  South Dublin City Council and Dublin City Council and they have all taken advice from the HSE and have closed their playgrounds in a bid to slow and stop the spread of Covid19.

“I’m totally confused as to why Louth County Council have not sought advice from the HSE in relation to these Playgrounds” Callan said. “If they are deemed to be not safe in Fingal,  South Dublin and Dublin City how can they possibly be safe in Drogheda, Ardee and Dundalk?

“On inspecting the St Dominic’s Park Sunday morning it was also clear that no Covid signage had been put in place at the entrance of either the park or at the playground.”

See the notice on the Council’s web site: https://www.louthcoco.ie/en/covid-19/

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