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Cork city St Patrick’s day parade cancelled due to Coronavirus

From EchoLive.

Cork City Council has confirmed this afternoon that this year’s Cork St Patrick’s Day parade has been cancelled.

Earlier today, the Lord Mayor of Cork, councillor John Sheehan and Chief Executive, Ann Doherty met to discuss recent developments regarding the coronavirus outbreak.

In a statement, Cork City Council said: “A risk assessment, based on World Health Organisation guidelines, was carried out by Cork City Council which concluded that based on the demographic of those attending the parade, the close proximity of people attending the event and the duration of the event (among other considerations), Cork City Council is not in a position to provide the necessary assurances in relation to current WHO Guidelines.”

It added: “Both the Lord Mayor and CE agreed that the welfare of attendees and participants is the primary concern and so, the Lord Mayor and CE have made a decision to cancel this year’s parade.”