Birds insist funfair will be safe

Management at Birds have moved to assure any concerned members of the public that the funfair – which is due to open at the Harriers Athletics Club field on Dan Spring Road in Tralee this weekend – will be safe to attend.

he decision to stage the funfair in Tralee – after a similar event was cancelled in Killarney earlier this summer – has come in for considerable criticism on social media in recent days.

The Directors of Birds Euroshow funfair said they are looking forward to opening for business in Kerry for the first time this year and fully intend to demonstrate their new high standards of safety protocols to the community.

Birds have permission to open under Phase Three of the Government’s Reopening Plan which was announced in June.

However the company said it “chose to defer the commencement of operations in the Kingdom this summer in order to diligently finalise the new operational working plan.”

“There will be clear signage outlining our Covid-19 preventative measures, Hand sanitization stations at all attractions, social distancing friendly queuing systems, contactless payment on all attractions, temperature checks, customer facing staff will be wearing visors, a strict regimented sanitization regime for all common touch points and many more new changes,” Birds said.

“The primary concern of the Bird family is the safety of our staff and visitors. For that reason we have made many changes to daily operations to ensure we can provide the highest safety level possible and still be able to provide top class entertainment to the public,” said Don Bird.

“We will open in Tralee next week and in mid-September in Listowel, and while we understand that procedures are subject to change due to the evolving nature of Covid-19, we look forward to the opportunity to demonstrate to the people in Kerry that we can implement our new safety protocols in such a way that will allow them to experience all the fun of the fair safely” Mr Bird said.

Early closing key to letting Birds in

Birds amusements have set out a comprehensive safety plan ahead of their planned opening in Tralee this weekend.

Birds plan to operate their family funfair at the Tralee Harriers Athletics Club ground between the Dan Spring Road and Tralee Town Park from this Saturday until Sunday August 30 from 12pm to 8pm daily.

Ahead of their opening representatives of Birds met with Kerry County Council and Gardaí. As the funfair will be operating on private land Kerry County Council has no power to prohibit it but the local authority made a number of requests which Birds have agreed to.

Chief among them are revised opening hours which will see the funfair shut at 8pm each day, several hours earlier than the normal August ‘bazaar’ run by the company.

Birds said that attendance will be closely monitored and strictly limited to 200 people at any given time. Additional stewards will be located at the designated entrance and exit points and patrons will be strongly encouraged not to congregate outside the fairground area in the Town Park or along the Dan Spring Road.

According to Birds’ directors “already aggressive cleaning and disinfection procedures will be increased and high touch points will be frequently sanitised”.

Using Computer Aided Design the funfair layout has been extensively revised to facilitate physical distancing with two distinct zones to separate the family friendly attractions from the thrill rides.

All Employees will also undergo daily temperature checks and receive extensive training in new procedures. – News