We may not enjoy the climate of our European counterparts on the Amalfi coast or in the south of France, but it looks like more outside eating could be coming to Ireland as a response to the limitations of social distancing aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus.
Dublin city council has begun a process to determine a new policy on the issue.
‘To enable the City to return to work and to enable retail and leisure activities to restart, we must create more space in the city for social distancing. This requires the reallocation of space on our streets. Our priority is to implement measures that support people to walk, cycle and use public transport.’ says the authority in it’s invitation to the public to share their views on the issue.
The council acknowledges they ‘may also need to re-imagine the streetscape in order to facilitate businesses, such as cafés, to re-open, or to accommodate retailers where queuing occurs outside their shops so that everyone can safely enjoy the city as restrictions are gradually reduced.’
It’s hard to keep everyone happy of course. ‘Many requests will have an impact on other residents or stakeholders on a street. Dublin City Council is committed to serving the common good for all and this context will be used when assessing individual requests.’ says their statement.
Here is a link to their form to make suggestions for mobility measures that can be taken to support the city’s Covid-19 response.
Changing times folks!