Four Dublin Local Authorities earmark 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm as Cocooner Only times.  


Dublin’s four local authorities have come together to create a designated time for cocooners to wish to exercise in their local parks.

From the 6th of May, a two-hour period between 1.30 pm and 3.30 pm will be reserved in all parks across Dublin city and county for people who are cocooning. This includes Over-70s and medically vulnerable people.

Other park users are asked to consider using parks at other times so that those cocooning can have as much space and confidence in physical distancing as possible.

Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Councillor Vicki Casserly said: “The COVID-19 crisis brings with it many challenges and often we are having to face it by thinking differently. I fully support this innovative plan to allow the Over-70s and medically vulnerable people much needed dedicated space and time in the outdoors – allowing them to get their long-awaited fresh air and exercise in as safe an environment as possible.”

The Chief Executive of South Dublin County Council, Daniel McLoughlin, said: “We are asking all other citizens to please take on board the request to leave this two-hour period for those who have been cocooning and to use the park at other times. It is extremely important that they can enjoy our parks and exercise in safety.”

Sarah Brooks

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