June 15, 2021
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COVID-19: Special times and locations across Wicklow for over 7O’s to exercise outdoors

Wicklow County Council has designated a number of locations around the five Municipal Districts for people who are aged 70 and over or who are medically vulnerable to exercise outdoors in a quiet space.

The special designation – which will operate between the hours of 9am and 11am for the next couple of months – is part of the effort by the local authority to reduce the risk of Coronavirus infection.

Since March 27, older persons and vulnerable people at risk of catching Coronavirus were requested to protect themselves by cocooning and not to leave their homes until this week.

While people over the age of 70 are free to exercise elsewhere and at any time during the day within HSE guidelines, from Monday next, May 11, the following locations will be designated as areas which the council will be asking members of the public to consider using the facilities outside of these hours:

*The promenade from the pier to the playground, Wicklow town;
*Burnaby Park, Mill Road, Greystones;
*Tinahely Railway Walk;
*Baltinglass Park;
*Shillelagh Park;
*The Riverwalk, Arklow;
*Bray Promenade (not restricting access to the beach area);
*People’s Park Bray.

A local authority spokesperson said: “Wicklow County Council urges members of the public to strictly adhere to the two metres physical distancing measures, to avoid other people as much as possible when out exercising and follow the Department of Health’s advice and keep themselves updated and informed.

“The County Wicklow Community Call Helpline continues to operate every day from 8am to 8pm and is available to the elderly and vulnerable people who need urgent assistance at this time. Telephone 1800 868 399 or email covidsupport@wicklowcoco.ie.”

 

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