The three biggest Saint Patrick’s day celebration in the Island of Ireland have all been cancelled.
Amidst fears that the three events could increase the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the decision was first taken by the Irish government to cancel its flagship Dublin parade.
Mounting pressure to follow the Irish governments decision, Belfast’s then Londonderry’s events have also now been cancelled.
The decisions were taken by their retrospective councils and announced via their mayors offices.
Mayor of Derry & Strabane council, Cllr Michaela Boyds made the announcement saying:
“We have been reviewing the situation daily and following the advice of the health agencies in relation to Covid19, felt that we should be proactive in our response regarding public events.
“The safety of Council staff and the general public are as always paramount and although official advice on the cancellation of public events has yet to be issued, felt that this would be a sensible response to what is a growing concern.
“Council will continue to adhere to the health advice being issued in relation to all its activities and events, and take proactive measures to assist in the containment of Coronavirus and the protection of the general health and wellbeing of all local citizens.
“I would also urge people to be mindful of protecting themselves and others by heeding the guidance with regards to hygiene and wash hands regularly following the advice of the Public Health Agency.”