Call For Unity To Help Business Community In Tralee

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Tralee Chamber Alliance President Kevin McCarthy with Mayor of Tralee Jim Funucane. Photo by Dermot Crean

THE Mayor of Tralee Jim Finucane and Tralee Chamber President Kevin McCarthy came together on Saturday to jointly call for unity in this time of crisis and to support our business community.

They have called on people to follow the guidance being issued by the Department of Health on ‘Social Distancing’ and to trust that the business community are taking all the necessary precautions to ensure public safety.

The tourism, small retail and hospitality sector are under unprecedented pressure and  members of the public are being reassured that the necessary steps have been taken by Tralee businesses.

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Ken Tobin, CE of Tralee Chamber Alliance said; “The health of our community is the single most important priority right now. These business owners share the concerns of the community that we all get through this together. We have been engaging with them constantly and are ready to support them and to make sure the necessary precautions remain in place around hygiene and social distancing.”

Jim Finucane said; “This is a time of heightened anxiety and it is very important as a community we come together to support the most vulnerable in our society. Many businesses are now offering takeaway and home-delivery services. Cafes, hotels and restaurants have stringent controls on social isolation in their premises, all of which will be of huge benefit to those in isolation, in particular, our elderly.”

Tralee Chamber has also asked that the public sector and corporate sector consider what they can do now to support small local businesses and the tourism sector, including considering paying deposits on Christmas parties and buying gift vouchers now for use later in the year.

Kevin McCarthy of Tralee Chamber said; “This is a very challenging time, that will test our resolve as a community. We would encourage people to consider the smaller local businesses that have always supported our community throughout the year in Tralee, and we would ask that the public perhaps buy vouchers to be used at a later date”.

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