A statement from the Reeks District

The Reeks District would like to extend its sympathy to all those who have been affected either directly or indirectly by the Covid-19 crisis.

Like many other destinations around the world where tourism is a strong contributor to the economy, the Reeks District and its members face a unique set of challenges caused by the worldwide outbreak and spread of the disease.

Our main priority remains as always with the safety and wellbeing of our visitors, members and general public. As such, we are monitoring developments while working closely with our members and the authorities to follow national and WHO guidelines that minimise the risk to our people, members, visitors and the general public.

To help facilitate this, we have created this webpage to help share the latest situation in the Reeks.

The current situation is as follows:

Updated – 4th May, 2020

As per our statement below we are updating this page to reflect any developments relating to COVID-19.

On May 1, 2020 the Irish government announced a road map for re-opening society and business in a phased timeline. There are 5 main phases, with phase 1 commencing on the 18th May up to phase 5 commencing on the 10th August.

Key dates for the 5 phases are:

  • 18th May – Phase 1
  • 8th June – Phase 2
  • 29th June – Phase 3
  • 20th July – Phase 4
  • 10th August – Phase 5

Up until 18th May the current lockdown remains in place but with 2 main changes:

  • people can now travel up to 5 kilometres from their home to exercise.
  • All people over the age of 70 and vulnerable people continue to cocoon but are allowed to exercise outdoors within the 5km radius once they do not come into contact with others.

Phase1: On the 18th May, the following main changes take place:

  • People can engage in outdoor sport and fitness activities in small groups where there is no contact and social distancing can be maintained.
  • Outdoor public amenities and tourism sites can re-open (e.g. carparks, beaches, mountain walks) where people are non-stationary and where social distancing can be maintained
  • Outdoor public sports amenities (like pitches, tennis courts, golf courses) where social distancing can be maintained can open
  • Garden centres and hardware stores to re-open with social distancing and strict hygiene protocols in place.
  • Outdoor work can resume e.g. Landscaping and construction

Phase 2: On the 8th June, the following main changes are subject to take place:

  • People can now travel up to 20 kilometres from their home to exercise
  • Up to four persons may visit a different household for a short time while maintaining social distancing
  • Small retailers with a small number of staff may re-open with restrictions on number of people in the premises at any time
  • Permit people to engage in outdoor sporting and fitness activities, involving small group team sports training (but not matches) where social distancing can be maintained and where there is no contact

For more information on phase3, 4,and 5, please visit: https://assets.gov.ie/…/ffd17d70fbb64b498fd809dde548f411.pdf

Stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future.

The Reeks District Team

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Updated – March 29, 2020

As per our initial statement below on 18 March, 2020 we are updating this page to reflect any developments relating to COVID-19.

On March 27, 2020 the Irish government announced new measures in order to further prevent the spread of the virus and protect public health.

The main changes are as follows:

  • Until 12 April, 2020 everyone is urged to stay in their homes wherever possible.
  • All non-essential retail outlets are to close, Essential retail outlets are to implement social distancing measures.
  • All people over the age of 70 and vulnerable people with certain medical conditions must stay indoors in what is known as ‘cocooning’.

People are advised to stay at home and only leave to:

  • go to the shops for food and medicine
  • travel to and from work where their work if considered an essential service
  • care for others
  • exercise.

With regards to exercise, the new measures allow for brief individual physical exercise within 2 kilometres of your home.

Try to get out for a walk or run at least once a day. Keeping active is essential for good physical and mental health. It’s important to maintain the social distancing recommendations in place so please:

  • Exercise either by yourself or with people in your family group (who you live with).
  • Maintain a distance of 2m from any other people you see.
  • Don’t take any unnecessary risks that could result in a serious injury or that could require rescue services needing to be called.

In the meantime, please stay safe and we look forward to the time when we can all get back together again.

The Reeks District Team

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Update – March 18, 2020

  • On 12 March the National Public Health Emergency Team announced it was moving into the Delay Phase of managing the virus which will help to slow the rate of which the virus is spread. New measures were introduced in order to protect the population, especially those who are the most vulnerable. These measures include Social Distancing which requires people to maintain a distance of 2m /6.5 feet between one another and to avoid crowded places, especially indoors.
  • Kerry Airport remains open with flights still arriving from Dublin, Luton, Stansted, Manchester, Frankfurt and Berlin. Killarney Train Station is also open with daily trains from Dublin.
  • Many leisure businesses such as restaurants, pubs and cafés have opted to close until at least March 29, 2020 in order to protect the public and help prevent the spread of the virus. Tourism and other businesses that remain open include:

i. Some hotels, B&Bs and self-catering properties
ii. Supermarkets, food shops and bakeries
iii. Some guiding companies offering small group tours in the great outdoors that naturally include a degree of social exclusion by the nature of the tours
iv. Taxis and public transport
v. Banks and post offices

It would be appreciated if both visitors and residents could support businesses that remain open as much as possible.

  • The Reeks District’s great outdoors – beaches, woods, mountains – remain open to the public for the time being. A vast selection of activities such as hiking, surfing, kayaking and cycling that promote social distancing by their very nature can be had in the area and suggestions for things to do are listed elsewhere on this website. Those visiting who are not in the care of a guide or tourism company are reminded to ensure they take all necessary precautions and safety measures for that particular activity.

While the situation remains challenging, the Reeks District is committed to assisting visitors and members in any way possible.

Visitors:

The Reeks District Visitor Centre in Killorglin remains closed for the time being. Tourism information can be accessed by calling +353 66 976 1451 between 9am and 5pm and on our Facebook page.

Members:
Members can receive support via the closed Facebook members group. In due course we will be announcing a number of initiatives to provide further support and post-crisis preparation to help members.

There’s no doubt this is an uncertain and unsettling time for everyone, everywhere, but we’re in this together.

Stay safe and look after one another.

The Reeks District Team

 

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