Birds Euroshow believes their funfair in Tralee won’t encourage teenagers to congregate.
The smaller fair is set to open on Saturday in an out of town site on the Dan Spring Road.
There’s been criticism of Birds’ decision to open in Tralee amid the pandemic, despite making a decision in recent weeks not to hold their annual funfair in Killarney.
Birds Euroshow usually host a large funfair in Tralee town centre every August coinciding with the Rose of Tralee Festival, but the festival will not be taking place this year due to the pandemic.
They’ve announced that a smaller, family funfair will open at the grounds of Harriers Athletic Club on the Dan Spring Road in Tralee – a private site.
It run from this Saturday for two weeks, operating reduced hours from 12pm until 8pm daily.
Bird says numbers on site will be limited to 200, staff have been trained, there’ll be hand sanitising in place, physical distancing implemented, and aggressive cleaning and disinfection procedures.
Sinn Féin Tralee Municipal District councillors Cathal Foley and Deirdre Ferris are calling on Birds to reconsider their decision to open for two weeks in Tralee Town.
They feel the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases is concerning and nothing should be done to jeopardise the reopening of schools at the end of the month.
Cllr Deirdre Ferris feels the funfair could encourage large numbers of young people to congregate in the town.
Director of Bird Euroshow, George Bird, believes however their earlier closing time will stop teenagers gathering.