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The Marina:

As part of its plans to deal with COVID -19 conditions, Cork City Council will pedestrianise one of the Cork City’s most popular amenities, the Marina, from today (Friday May 15).

The pedestrianisation of the Marina is just one of a range of measures being put in place by Cork City Council to facilitate social distancing in the city and support the health and wellbeing of residents and workers, ensure public confidence and awaken economic, social and commercial life as we live with Covid-19.

The Marina is a well-known waterside amenity in Blackrock and is widely used for walking, running, cycling and by a number of clubs for rowing and boating on the River Lee.

The Route: From the entrance to Páirc Uí Chaoimh to the junction with Church Avenue – will be closed to vehicular traffic 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with unmanned barriers in place. The pedestrianisation is supported by An Garda Siochána.

Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr John Sheehan said: “It’s great to see this temporary road closure being introduced as it will allow easier social distancing for people using this much-loved amenity for walking, running and cycling during the COVID -19 pandemic. We are asking people to be mindful of keeping their two-metre distance while enjoying the Marina and also not to forget the 5-kilometre rule when exercising. We have to all work together to stay the course and staying within our 5km is key to our city and country’s continued suppression of COVID -19”.

This temporary arrangement is subject to user compliance with social distancing public health guidelines. Local vehicle access to the Marina will only be allowed for residents, businesses, and sporting clubs on the route.

Other similar interventions that are being put in place by Cork City Council to facilitate reopening of the City under global pandemic restrictions are:

  • The pedestrianisation of Oliver Plunkett Street will be permanently reinstated this Monday.
  • Furthermore, subject to agreement with business, it is planned that Paul St, Tuckey St and Pembroke Street will also be temporarily closed to traffic to help ensure physical distancing and to support the increased use of street furniture by local businesses.
  • Signage reminding people to observe social distancing is also to be installed on the city streets and pedestrian crossings will be adjusted to support increased walking.
  • Additional bike stands will be installed across the city centre and damaged bike stands repaired in the near future.
  • A deep clean of the city centre has been underway for a number of weeks.
  • Power washing of streets has also commenced in Douglas, Glanmire, Blarney and Ballincollig.
  • Free on-street parking and free parking at the City Council’s two multi-storey car parks will continue in the short term to support essential workers – but this temporary measure is subject to constant review.

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