With the economy locally on the edge of a precipice – Waterford Council alone are facing a funding shortfall of €2 million – it is of paramount importance that we work hard to suppress Covid-19
WITH Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, specifically naming Waterford as a county in which Covid cases are rising fast, it is a matter of urgency that each of us take seriously the implications of this for our health and for that of our economy.
It is wonderful to see the carefully masked up John Aylward back behind the bar pulling pints, as featured in Claire Quinn’s story this week. It is a return to a semblance of normality – and there is not much more quintessentially Waterford than enjoying a pint of the black stuff in a city pub like the Wander Inn.
At this stage, there is few among us that want to go backwards, and end up at Level 3 restrictions as is currently the case in Dublin. We want, instead, for John’s fellow publicans to also feel confident to return to business. We want all of our small and medium enterprises up and running, and we want to focus on changing the trend of rising vacancy levels in Waterford.
With the economy locally on the edge of a precipice – Waterford Council alone are facing a funding shortfall of €2 million – it is of paramount importance that we work hard to suppress Covid-19.M
Already, the ripple effect of a cluster in Dawn Meats at Grannagh and other instances of Coronavirus across Waterford are being felt. Six secondary schools revealed positive cases within five days this week, while Bausch + Lomb and GlaxoSmithkline both confirmed cases among their staff.
In the city, the Granary cafe took the sensible decision to immediately close after a confirmed case there. Their upfront and honest approach was rightly praised on social media.
At the weekend, a joint statement was issued from the Mayor of Waterford, Cllr Damien Geoghegan, Council CEO Michael Walsh, Garda Chief Superintendent Padraig Dunne and Kate Killeen White, the Chief Officer of South East Community Healthcare, urging the public to heed the public health guidelines:
“It is clear that the Covid-19 numbers in Waterford have been growing in recent weeks and we are now at a critical juncture for this disease. We have a window of opportunity to bring this disease under control and to keep Waterford at Level 2 restrictions… As a collective we are appealing to the people of Waterford to please maintain social distance and limit your number of close contacts in the coming days. Whether in our workplaces, our homes or social settings let us all be advocates of Covid good behaviour.”
This was followed by a similar statement from Gerald Hurley, Waterford Chamber CEO, who appealed to Waterford people “to please be extra vigilant and compliant over the coming weeks”.
All of these stakeholders know how fundamentally important this is for our people, for our city and for our county.
Stay safe Waterford, it is in our hands.