A number of business owners have been in contact in relation to the plans to maintain essential services including Policing, Broadband, Electricity, Water and Postal Services. In the first instance, we refer to Kerry County Council’s Local Co-ordination Group and National Providers for updates. We have been assured by the relevant authorities that continuity of supply will be maintained throughout. A number of businesses have also expressed a need for clarification in relation to the protection of property and commercial premises in the next phase.

Please Read: Briefing note on the Emergency Powers Act – Briefing Note on the Emergency Powers Act for Debate in Dail Eireann 19.3.2020

Outlined below are some key contact details and updates on received to date:

LOCAL AND ESSENTIAL SERVICES

Refer to the Kerry County Council’s Website with reference to the provision of ongoing local authority services in Kerry, linked below:

COVID-19 Information

GARDAI & BUSINESS SECURITY

Local Gardai have been in contact with Tralee Chamber to re-affirm that each unit will be increased by 30%, with additional bike & foot patrols, as well as the new fleet of cars. These additional resources are in place to also monitor activity around business premises whether opened or closed. In addition, the following statement has been issued: gardai 17.3.20 statement Covid19

POSTAL SERVICES

Click here for updated operating conditions for An Post: Extract An Post COVID19 Statement 17.3.20 – Statement from An Post on Covid19 Measures 17.3.20

ELECTRICITY, WATER AND BROADBAND SERVICES

The Civil defence as part of a local emergency response group meeting including Tralee Chamber, confirmed that essential personnel for utilities maintenance will continue to operate throughout the current crisis to ensure continuity of supply.

Eirgrid Statement: http://www.eirgrid.ie/newsroom/statement-covid-19/index.xml

Irish Water statement: https://www.water.ie/news/irish-water-statement-on/index.xml

Remote Working / Broadband Supply: https://www.rte.ie/news/business/2020/0312/1121877-remote-working-telecoms/

At this current time, we are pending official updates from the individual Broadband suppliers on their Continuity of Supply measures for Covid19.

WASTE COLLECTION SERVICES

Local Private Waste Collection operators are currently operating as normal. Service interruption and special measures for Covid19 will be publicised locally and updated nationally through https://www.mywaste.ie/

Please note special measures are already in place for domestic and commercial waste collection (see image below):

For Additional Practical Supports for Businesses operating during this time please visit: https://tralee.ie/covid19-business-supports/