Dundalk Men’s Shed reopens in line with Covid-19 guidelines
Today, Dundalk Men’s Shed returned on a safer, socially distanced basis after lockdown.
Members are pictured with copies of the IMSA’s Covid-19 guidelines, which have been sent to all sheds and can be found here: https://menssheds.ie/covid-guidelines/
‘The safety of our members is our main priority’, said shed chairman Peter O’Neill. ‘We have been working closely with the Irish Men’s Shed Association (IMSA) on the re-opening and without their support we couldn’t have managed it’.
‘The IMSA has issued guidelines which we have circulated to all our members. A video has also been circulated and I feel confident that people will follow this very good advice.’
Peter thanked IMSA National Organiser Eva Beirne, who helped establish Dundalk Men’s Shed and managed the shed for a number of years. He said Eva had been hugely supportive and had given great professional advice.
The shed has been revamped and sanitised to meet the highest health standards.
‘We have installed new seat and floor coverings,’ said treasurer Brian Byrne. ‘Hand sanitizers and new lighting has been installed, face shields will be provided for members, and numbers will be restricted until further notice. Kitchen facilities will be restricted in accordance with the IMSA guidelines.’
Peter O’Neill said every effort has been made to make the shed a safe place for people to meet.
‘Nobody wants to see a spike in Covid-19 that will force everything to be tightened up again. The only way we can remain open is for everybody to follow the guidelines.
For the moment, the workshop will remain closed. This is vital if we are to remain safe. A lot of work has gone into preparing the shed for this re-opening and I’d like to thank Thomas Grey, John Lally, Joe McCrink, Joe McGrath, John Freeman, Brendan Tuite, and many others for their tremendous work.’