Cork City Council has launched a new initiative that aims to promote social distancing

It also aims to help protect vulnerable members of the community from Covid-19. 

1,000 social distancing blue vests will be distributed across the city through various community centres and community groups. 
The blue vests will allow people with an underlying condition or who had been cocooning to get out and about, while reminding others to respect social distancing guidelines. 

Feedback received from people cocooning as they came back out into communities when restrictions eased indicated that that they were very nervous and felt that people weren't giving them enough space.   The purpose of the vests is to indicate clearly that the person is asking others to keep their two-metre distance.

Following a pilot of the initiative in Knocknaheeny and Mahon, the blue vests are now available through local community centres and a further 250 blue vests will also be distributed through the Friendly Call programme.

Blue vests are available from the following community centres and organisations:

"    Gurranabraher and City North West: Youthwork Ireland, The Hut Community Centre - 021 - 439 9862
"    Mayfield and City North East: Newbury House Family Centre - 021 - 450 7999
"    Mahon and City South East: Mahon Community Development Project - 021 4359070
"    Ballyphehane/Togher and City South East: Ballyphehane Togher Community Development Project - 021 4319085
"    Ballincollig and surrounds in City West: Westgate Foundation, Ballincollig - 021 487 3648
"    Glanmire and surrounds in City East: Glanmire Area Community Association - 021 482 1333

Alternatively, contact Cork City Council on community@corkcity.ie.  Please note that the vests are available on a first-come first-served basis.
 

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