4,000 Staff Participate in Covid Safety Training in Kerry

The number of staff across the retail and hospitality sectors in Kerry taking part in specialised training on cleanliness, hygiene and customer interaction in the COVID-19 environment has now reached over 4,000 as Kerry continues to prepare for the return of visitors to the county.

Huge Interest in ‘Safe Destination’ Badge

The ‘Safe Destination Kerry’ Programme, in association with Kerry County Council, Kerry Education and Training Board, the Kerry Branch of the Irish Hotels Federation, and the Kerry Tourism Industry Federation has generated huge interest among Kerry businesses who will be provided with the new ‘Safe Destination’ Badge when their staff have completed training.

The aim of the training, which is being provided by the Kerry Education and Training Board, is to ensure that Kerry tourism and retail staff are trained in infection prevention, hygiene and cleanliness to the highest international standards as they reopen for business.

Visitors Will Be Reminded of Personal Responsibilities

Coupled with that ‘Safe Destination’ promotion will be an information campaign for visitors to the county to ensure that they are aware of and take their personal responsibilities seriously in relation to social distancing, cough etiquette and hand-washing guidelines.

“There has been enormous interest in the training being provided by the tutors in Kerry ETB as business prepare to open their doors to visitors again,” said tourism officer with Kerry County Council, John Griffin.

Deal with Customers in New Environment

“This is about reassuring people who visit a hotel, a restaurant, a shop or any other premises that they can do so in the knowledge that staff have been trained to a high standard on how to deal with customers in the new environment.

“We want people to feel comfortable and safe when they visit the county as the local economy continues to be reopened and while certain restrictions remain in the interests of public safety.

Prevailing Public Health Advice

“However, we also want those visiting Kerry again to be mindful of the prevailing public health advice and the personal behaviours they need to follow to ensure the safety of themselves as well as others.

“This will include signage and advice in outlets and premises, much of which is already in place, to ensure that people are aware of their responsibilities.

Register for Training

‘It is by combining a coordinated and effective approach by businesses and the adherence to the public health guidelines by individuals and families visiting the county that we will secure and maintain Kerry’s reputation as a safe destination to visit and stay,’ he added.

Businesses and staff interested in participating in the training can register with Kerry County Council on its freephone Business Support Line on 1800 807 102 or with a click on the link here: business.support@kerrycoco.ie.