Mayo County Council has announced that it has closed down the county’s library network, museums, art centres and leisure centres in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. In a statement, the Council County said the decision to shut down the civic spaces has been made under direction from the government and the HSE.
The day-to-day services of the council remain largely unaffected but members of the public are being encouraged to conduct their business over the phone or via email where possible. People are asked not to visit the public offices of the council unless for essential business.
Drop-boxes are being operated at Arás an Chontae in Castlebar and at the regional council offices in Ballina, Claremorris, Westport and Belmullet. A similar service will operate at the motor tax office in Castlebar.
A supply of envelopes for documents and forms will be available and a member of staff will be on-hand to assist. All application forms submitted through the drop-box system will be acknowledged and dealt with expeditiously.
The council is also enabling as many of its staff as feasible to work from home while ensuring a core presence in all public offices.
Mayo County Council Chief Executive Peter Hynes said: “In these unprecedented times, I would like to assure you that Mayo County Council will do our utmost to safeguard public health and safety while continuing to provide essential services and support to our communities. We will continue to work with the HSE, Gardai and other agencies in supporting and assisting their efforts in these difficult times.”