There's no bank holiday from Covid-19: A joint message from An Gárda Síochána the HSE and local authorities in the South East

HSE/SECH Media Statement: 31st July, 2020

Ahead of the August bank holiday, the agencies that make up the South East Regional Steering Group (An Gárda Siochána, the HSE and the five local authorities) are reminding people to follow public health advice and to stay vigilant in relation to Covid-19.

The Gardai, the HSE (through its Public Health Dept., South East Community Healthcare and the acute hospitals in the region) and County Councils in Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford have thanked people for their impressive efforts to date but say everyone must remain vigilant to the disease if we are to control it at this point.

Kate Killeen White (Chief Officer of South East Community Healthcare) chairs the HSE Crisis Management Team (CMT) and has acknowledged that the collective actions of communities in the region has clearly made a difference. Kate, however, adds:

“We are now at a crucial point in our response to Covid-19. Over the coming days it is vital that everyone continues to avoid large crowds, physically distance, wear face coverings where appropriate and wash hands regularly.”

Endorsing this message and reminding people that Covid-19 is extremely infectious and that no one is immune are the respective Chief Executives of the five local authorities – Kathleen Holohan (Carlow), Colette Byrne (Kilkenny and Chair of South East Regional Steering Group), Joe MacGrath (Tipperary), Michael Walsh (Waterford City and County) and Tom Enright (Wexford) and the Gárda Chief Superintendents for the region – Derek Smart (Tipperary), Dennis Ferry (Wexford) and Pádraig Dunne (Waterford and acting for Carlow-Kilkenny).

The South East Regional Steering Group has pointed to the latest figures from the National Public Health Emergency Team, which demonstrate how quickly Covi-19 can remerge. Over a two-day period, Ireland moved from a relatively stable situation to a significant pattern connected to outbreaks. In such circumstances, the South East Regional Steering Group advise we now need to be really careful and adhere to public health advice so we do not further spread the virus.

Concluding the bank holiday appeal, Ms. Killeen White said:

“In order to maintain health services in areas outside of Covid-19, suppression of the disease in the community is paramount. By protecting yourself from the disease you are contributing to a patient’s ability to access other services. Protect our health service by following public health advice and stay safe from Covid-19.”

The South East Regional Steering Group urges everyone to please play their part, #Stay Safe and # StoptheSpread this August Bank Holiday weekend.



Last updated on: 31 / 07 / 2020