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Covid 19 Guidelines

As Killarney reopens your safety and the safety of everyone remains paramount to us. We will continue to monitor government guidelines closely and keep you updated here as we continue to have services available to you.

Following guidelines issued by the HSE, WHO, Kerry County Council and our Government we are rolling out training programmes, enhanced protocols to ensure your visit to Killarney is safe for you and your loved ones.


General Etiquette

Social Distancing of up to 2 metres

Wash your hands properly and often

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze

Put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Obey signage when queuing for premises/facilities

Do not shake hands or make close contact with other people, if possible

Safe Streets

Killarney is implementing several measures on our streets and laneways to accommodate social distancing.

On street parking will be limited to allow for extra footpath space throughout the town.

On narrow laneways please use the “walk left, pass right” approach.

For access to premises please obey the space identifications both external and internal

Kerry Safe Destination

A MAJOR new programme of initiatives is being rolled out by Kerry County Council and other partners and agencies, to ensure that Kerry is a safe place to visit and stay as COVID-19 restrictions continue to be phased out over the coming weeks.

The goal is to make Kerry the safest and cleanest of destinations to visit and stay in.

Kerry County Council and its partners have launched a multifaceted ‘Safe Destination Programme’ which will ensure that those who begin to visit and holiday in Kerry again can do so in the knowledge that it is a safe place to visit and stay.

The Safe Destination Programme includes:

  • A bespoke training programme for tourism and retail staff.
  • A safer spaces plan for streets, shops and public spaces
  • Preparing communities to welcome tourists back to the county
  • A tourism marketing campaign to promote staycations in Kerry

The bespoke training programme for staff in the tourism and retail industries in the county has been rolled out by Kerry County Council and the Kerry Education and Training Board (ETB). Over two thousand employees have already signed up for the training. It aims to ensure that Kerry tourism and retail staff are trained in infection prevention, hygiene and cleanliness and dealing with customers in the new environment to the highest international standards as they reopen for business. Business premises whose staff have completed the suite of training courses will receive the ‘Safe Destination’ badge.


National Parks / Outdoors

Each of us plays a vital role in protecting our National Park. It is important not only to be conscious of the protocols around COVID19 but also the rules for general park visits.

Social Distancing of 2 metres

Visit in small groups where possible, consider splitting larger groups into smaller ones.

Leave no Trace – carry your rubbish home for correct disposal

Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.

Preserve the past, examine, photograph but do not touch cultural or historic structures or artifacts.

Observe Wildlife from a distance and do not feed them as this can be damaging to their health, after natural behaviour and exposes them to predators and other dangers.

Always keep family pets under control

Be considerate of other visitors and step to the downhill side of the track if you encounter others on trails.

Minimise the effects of fire

Let natures sounds prevail, avoid loud voices and noises.

Accommodation / Food & Beverage

Each premises will be implementing safe protocols and advance training for all their staff. The relevant information relation to each property can be found on their websites.  Some of what you can expect during your visit may include the following;

Use hand sanitiser where provided or asked

Obey Social Distancing markings and signage

Contactless payment will be encouraged where possible

Pre booking of Breakfast and Dinners reservations may be necessary

You may be allocated exact times for using facilities like swimming pools, gyms, saunas and other wellness facilities.


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