July 25, 2021

‘Stay in your own area’ – Wicklow Uplands Council tells would be visitors to keep away as more facilities are closed

Wicklow County Council has announced the closure of more facilities under its control due to the outbreak of Covid-19.

Separately, Wicklow Uplands Council has asked that people who are not from the area stay away due to the overcrowding witnessed last weekend in certain parts of the county.

The county council announced yesterday that the following would be closed:

  • Glen Beach Cliff Walk to Wicklow Head
  • Bray Head Car Park
  • Food Kiosks Bray Seafront

 The following facilities also remain closed until further notice 

  • All Wicklow County Council Playgrounds
  • Glendalough Car Park
  • The Cliff Walk from Bray to Greystones/Greystones to Bray
  • The public toilets at Bray Seafront.

In a statement, Wicklow County Council said it “very much regrets having to close these facilities to the public at this time.”

Council Chief Executive, Frank Curran, added: “The Council has taken this action to minimise the spread of the virus.  Council staff will work to ensure a continuity of service across our key operations.  The Council’s Crisis Management Team meets daily to monitor the situation as well as liaising with Government Departments and Agencies across the Eastern Region.”

Meanwhile in a Facebook post, Wicklow Uplands Council, which represents mountain communities, appealed directly to would-be visitors to stay at home and avail of recreational amenities within their own locality.

“Each visitor brings with them an increased chance of the virus spreading to the area,” the post said.

“Each rest stop, each hand that touches a metal gate or stile, each person that engages another, potentially brings that daunting reality one step closer … Travelling to the uplands for recreational and pleasure activities is considered unnecessary and irresponsible. It is contrary to government measures and exposes local communities to the risk of spreading the virus.”

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