Kinsale To Trial “Al Fresco” Street Dining
Two streets in Kinsale to close temporarily during summer months to support businesses
Cork County Council has confirmed that it is to trial the closure of Short Quay, and the Sunday closure of Main Street, Kinsale during the summer months. The decision follows extensive consultation under Project ACT, the Council’s countywide programme to support businesses and communities impacted by COVID-19.
Cork County Council identified Kinsale as one of the towns in the county that could suffer most from the social distancing restrictions brought on by Covid-19. Kinsale is known as Ireland’s Gourmet Capital with a plethora of restaurants, hotels and bars. Cork County Council was aware that this hospitality industry is one of the most affected by the pandemic.
Working closely with the businesses through the Town Activation Team Meeting process, Cork County Council responded through the development of radical moves that would typically only be considered on side streets in cities and matched the bravery of the businesses.
Cork County Council proposed several essential temporary road closures which generated a healthy debate about how best to proceed. If the temporary closures of Short Quay and Main Street are successful, then other times and locations may be considered in the future.
In parallel, members of Kinsale Town Activation Team and Cork County Council have identified and are temporarily removing some car parking spaces outside of businesses so as they can trade safely in a socially distanced manner on the footpaths outside their premises.
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