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Leaders unite in a 'call to arms' for Dubs to keep up Covid fight

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Lord Mayor Hazel Chu signs open letter

Lord Mayor Hazel Chu signs open letter

Lord Mayor Hazel Chu signs open letter

Dublin's Lord Mayor Hazel Chu and the leaders of the capital's four local authorities have issued a joint appeal to the people of Dublin to redouble their efforts in the fight against Covid-19.

Described as a "call to arms", they were joined in the new initiative, which took the form of an open letter, by An Garda Síochána and the Director of Public Health for HSE East, Dr Deirdre Mulholland.

All the participating bodies signed the letter at an event outside the Mansion House on Dawson Street, where there was a fresh appeal to members of the public to keep taking personal responsibility for their actions.

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This is the latest attempt to get the capital down from Level 3 to Level 1 in the Government's Living with Covid plan.

Separately, there will be a radio campaign aimed at 15 to 34-year-old's in a bid to encourage them to alter their behaviour patterns.

The open letter states the disease "shows no respect for your age, gender, for who you are or where you live".

"We have got to view it as a dangerous enemy and work together to stop it sweeping through our communities and affecting the lives of our loved-ones, neighbours, colleagues and friends," it read.

Mayor Chu said she feels members of the public have become fatigued with the restrictions, as opposed to complacent.

"I think an air of exhaustion has set in. A lot of people have said we're getting complacent or not playing our part. But I've seen Dubliners in the last eight months playing their part, above and beyond.

"They have done so much work and we're asking them to keep it going, and it is hard," she said.

"This is a plea to everyone to adhere to social distancing, adhere to the guidelines and restrictions, adhere to the safety rules of wearing a mask and washing your hands.

"We know this message has been out there for a while but we want to keep reiterating it because it's important that leaders step forward and keep saying, 'This is what needs to be done'."

Green Party Councillor Chu said people may have gotten a little more relaxed over recent months so members of the public need to start playing their part again.

"People are frustrated as they don't see light at the end of the tunnel. But we need to continue to work hard. You can see from the numbers rising that frontline workers are going to be working doubly-hard," she said.

She added that the last six months have been "incredibly difficult" for the economic life of Dublin.

"We all have family members, friends and neighbours who have lost their jobs or businesses and are struggling to get by.

"Think about what you can do to tackle this virus so we can get back the Dublin we all know and love," she said.

Dr Mulholland of the HSE said the initiative shows that everybody is working together against a common enemy and said that it's "time to re-double our efforts".

The key message is we're all in this together and we can all work together and do something to stop the spread of this disease.