Staff from the HSE, Ambulance Service, An Garda Siochana and Cork County Council standing together but still apart this week and asking the people of Cork to keep up their efforts in the county's battle to fight Covid-19. (Picture: Brian Lougheed)

This May bank holiday will see a massive operation swing into action across The Avondhu region as well as nationwide, to maintain the Covid-19 lockdown. 

Brave frontline emergency personnel will be working hard this weekend to ensure the safety of all the public. 

Staff from the HSE, An Garda Siochana and Cork County Council joined together this week for a photo demonstrating that they’re standing together – but still apart – in the county’s battle to keep Covid-19 at bay.

Doctors, nurses, health care support assistants, Garda, fire service personnel and representatives from Cork County Council and Cork City Council came together with one main message – asking people to keep up their Trojan efforts.

Many of the frontline workers had their own messages for the people of Cork.

The head of An Garda Siochana across the Avondhu region, Assistant Commissioner Michael Finn advised that Operation Fanacht will see many checkpoints in operation over the coming days until Monday night.

“The operation will see large-scale checkpoints on both main and secondary routes and in towns and villages. This will support travel restrictions put in place to help flatten the curve and save lives.”

“There has been great compliance with the travel restrictions and we want to thank the public for this. The appreciation that has been shown to us frontline workers is outstanding and again, I would like to thank you all. 

“However, it remains vital that you continue to play your part and stay at home if possible – this will continue to save lives.”

‘The more we move around, the more risk we create’

Nora Mary O’Riordan, a Health Care Support Assistant (home help), asked everyone to continue to stick to the latest guidelines.

“We’re working so hard to make sure that essential services keep running despite the impact of Covid-19. We’re now asking people to support our efforts by continuing to stay at home where possible and to follow all other guidelines. Sadly, the more we move around, the more risk we create.”

The frontline workers praised the people of Cork and beyond for the way in which they have faced Covid-19 as a community, and asked them to continue to work together and support each other in these difficult times. 

As highlighted last week, Council workers are also carrying out road maintenance work while some are helping with deliveries in the community.