October 2, 2022

COVID-19: ‘Every time we don’t meet someone, it’s saving someone’s life’ – Kilkenny’s top cop praises public

Kilkenny’s most senior Garda has thanked the people of Kilkenny for buying into the Government’s stricter segregation guidelines.

In an interview on KCLR this morning, Chief Superintendent Dominic Hayes urged people to continue to remain indoors while the restrictions are in place.

“Every time you don’t go out or you don’t meet people, you are actually saving lives,” Chief Superintendent Hayes said.

“It was noticeable how much quieter the roads and streets of Kilkenny were over the weekend.”

Since the imposition of the stricter social guidelines laid out by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Friday night, Superintendent Hayes said the public’s response locally has been very positive. He was quick to thank and praise Kilkenny residents for listening to advice and taking the guidelines onboard.

“People are staying in and are taking this very seriously. It was very quiet over the weekend around Kilkenny thankfully. We really appreciate that because it is so important,” he said.

“Over the last weekend, gardai have been very busy checking out the busy parks and walks around the city and the county. I’m glad to say, and it really is a testament to the community resilience of Kilkenny people, that they are staying in and taking this very seriously. I’d like to thank them for that,” Chief Superintendent Hayes added.

As part of the stricter guidelines put in place by the Government, people have been asked not to leave their homes, except for in a limited number of situations up until Easter Sunday, April 12.

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