Level Five slashes Council’s services

Kerry County Council has closed or restricted a swathe of its services after the Government moved the country into a Level Five lockdown.

While the Council is working to ensure its services are maintained at the highest possible capacity, the strict lock-down rules mean many services must be cut or otherwise curtailed.

Several services and programmes will be suspended entirely.

Details of the most-affected council services – in the event of a level four or five lockdown – were provided to councillors during their online monthly meeting on Monday morning.

The suspended services will include rental inspections; disabled-person grant inspections; house visits and landscape maintenance.

Some road works will be suspended in line with Government guidance for the construction sector, with maintenance works restricted to emergency and winter maintenance projects only.

Some capital works (including housing voids and retrofits) will also be suspended in line with the Level Five construction rules.

RAS and leasing allocations will only take place in emergency situations.

Meanwhile all council-run enclosed sports and leisure facilities, including swimming pools and gyms, will close for the duration of the lockdown.

Library services will be restricted to online services only, with a suspension of the ‘click and collect’ service.

The County Museum remains closed, as it was under the Level Three rules.

The Motor Tax Office will also be closed to the public.

The Regional Major Emergency Management Team for the Southern Region (which includes Cork and Kerry), jointly chaired by the KCC Chief Executive Moira Murrell, is meeting on a weekly basis.

The body co-ordinates local services; local communication strategies and any other logistical arrangements that require inter-county co-operation.

Kerry County Council is also supporting the HSE in operating a test centre in the county.

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