Staying Safe While Cheering Kerry on Today – A Message from the HSE South

Don’t Rush the Celebrations:  A public health specialist for the southern region has asked that if Kerry GAA supporters are provided with the opportunity to celebrate today that we do so safely.  ©Photograph: John Reidy

As all of Kerry prepares for today’s All-Ireland Senior Football Championship semi-final clash with Tyrone, a public health specialist has urged supporters to stay safe while cheering the county to victory, by avoiding over-crowded settings and  celebrating safely.

Dr. Margaret O’Sullivan, a specialist in public health medicine at the Department of Public Health HSE South, asked everyone planning to watch the match, at home or elsewhere, to do so safely.

She also reminded supporters that we all need to be careful, even if fully vaccinated.

Remember to Socialise Safely 

“I know that everyone is looking forward to Saturday’s game and hopefully to some celebration afterwards. We encourage everyone to remember to socialise safely – if you are meeting up with others you should do so in small groups and outdoors if at all possible.

“If there are crowds, we need to keep our distance from others and wear a mask. If you don’t feel safe, think about moving to somewhere less crowded and with good ventilation, so that you can enjoy the game in safety and comfort,” Dr. O’Sullivan said.

High Transmission Rate in Places

She added that the community transmission rate in many parts of the country is high.

“We have high rates of community spread in most parts of Ireland right now, so if you are travelling to the match or watching it with others this weekend, do not be complacent about Covid-19. It is so important that we all remain vigilant and continue to follow the public health measures that we are all so familiar with, even if we’re vaccinated.

Take Extra Care  

And for anyone who is not vaccinated, please take extra care this weekend,” Dr O’Sullivan said.

Dr. O’Sullivan also reminded the public that anyone who becomes concerned about having possible symptoms of Covid-19 should immediately self-isolate, get tested and keep away from others while waiting for both the test and the test result.

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