Dublin City Council warns of staff shortage due to virus

by Gazette Reporter

Dublin City Council has warned that its services may have to be curtailed if the Covid-19 infection rate among staff continues. 

In a memo to councillors, Chief Executive Owen Keegan said there had been a significant rise in the number of council workers testing positive for the virus.

He wrote: “The general increase in the incidence of Covid over recent weeks has been reflected in an increase in the number of City Council staff unavailable for Covid-related reasons. 

“If the trend over recent weeks continues it will have an impact on service delivery.”

The memo stated that in line with Level 5 restrictions, all sports centres, community centres, swimming pools, golf courses, gyms, libraries and art galleries will be closed except where sports/community centres are required to facilitate educational activities. 

Parks, playgrounds and allotments will remain open, as will ‘free to use’ tennis courts for casual use at Johnstown Park, Eamonn Ceannt Park, Ringsend Park and Mount Bernard Park. 

Planning services will continue and all city council offices remain open to members of the public by appointment. 

Remote council meetings will also now be considered following a change to local government law. All four Dublin local authorities are now set to hold meetings remotely on foot of the new legislation.

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