All playgrounds across county Louth and around the county are now closed to the public and parents are being asked to adhere to new physical distancing guidelines as outlined by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Tuesday.
All Louth County Council playgrounds are now shut to the public, while all private playgrounds such as those on the grounds of GAA clubs have also been ordered to close.
“I ask that parents please adhere to the closure of the playgrounds and do not allow their children to play there,” Ardee Municipal District councillor Jim Tenanty said on Wednesday. “Common sense prevails. People can’t adhere to the signage because there is no signage (at the Fair Green in Ardee) but they can adhere to the notification that playgrounds are closed.”
Cllr Tenanty, along with Sinn Féin councillor Edel Corrigan, requested on Monday that appropriate Covid-19 signage was erected in parks, at playgrounds and in other public areas to impress on people the importance of staying away. No restrictions on the opening of parks and beaches were put in place by the government, despite suggestions they may be.
These open-air locations remain open to the public but the government have advised that all non-essential trips from home should be kept to a minimum and the new measures say that social gatherings of individuals outdoors should be no more than four persons, unless all are from the same household.
New powers have been handed to Gardai who are now in a position to remove or detain any persons not adhering to physical distancing guidelines or those occupying areas that are closed to the public – such as playgrounds.
Playgrounds at the Fair Green in Ardee, at Blackrock Community Park and St Helena’s Park in Dundalk and St Dominics Park in Drogheda are among those now closed until further notice.