Parents must ‘step up to the mark’ during coronavirus battle, say gardaí

Parents must ‘step up to the mark’ during coronavirus battle, say gardaí

Gardaí have called on parents to “step up to the mark” after a group of youths – including one awaiting a coronavirus test – ignored social distancing advice.

Five young people who were “out socialising all night [Saturday] night” put the safety of the emergency services at risk by their actions, An Garda Siochana said on Sunday.

The force called on parents to take responsibility for their children, saying officers “are busy enough”.

In a statement on its Facebook page, the force wrote: “A group of 5 young people out socialising all night last night.

“One, who was supposed to be self-isolating pending a COVID 19 test but was bored and decided to join his friends.

“One of these youths suffered a severe asthma attack.

“This action put the safety of the Emergency Services, and continued service to the public, at risk.

“Parents – step up to the mark. Your responsibility. We are busy enough!”

    Useful information
  • The HSE have developed an information pack on how to protect yourself and others from coronavirus. Read it here
  • Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus who has been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days should isolate themselves from other people - this means going into a different, well-ventilated room alone, with a phone; phone their GP, or emergency department;
  • GPs Out of Hours services are not in a position to order testing for patients with normal cold and flu-like symptoms. HSELive is an information line and similarly not in a position to order testing for members of the public. The public is asked to reserve 112/999 for medical emergencies at all times.
  • ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Ireland. The support line will be open seven days a week, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024

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