Reserved times in Dublin parks for people cocooning

By Mary Dennehy

DUBLIN’s four local authorities have come together to create a designated time for cocooners who wish to exercise in their local parks.

From tomorrow, Wednesday, May 6, the two hour period between 1.30pm and 3.30pm will be reserved in all parks across Dublin city and county for people who are cocooning.

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Sean Walsh Park

This includes people over 70 and those medically vulnerable.

Mayor of South Dublin Council Council, Vicki Casserly said: “The Covid-19 crisis brings with it many challenges and often we are having to face it by thinking differently.

“I fully support this innovative plan to allow the over-70s and medically vulnerable people much needed dedicated space and time in the outdoors – allowing them to get their long-awaited fresh air and exercise in as safe an environment as possible.”

The capital’s councils are asking other park users to consider using parks at other times so that those cocooning can have as much space and confidence in physical distancing as possible.

The Chief Executive of South Dublin County Council, Daniel McLoughlin said: “We are asking all other citizens to please take on board the request to leave this two-hour period for those who have been cocooning and to use the park at other times.

“It is extremely important that they can enjoy our parks and exercise in safety.”

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