Press Statement 11th March 2020
COPE Galway is working in close cooperation with Galway City Council, the HSE and other service providers to put contingencies in place in response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus situation for people experiencing homelessness in Galway.
People who are homeless are in an especially vulnerable situation in respect of COVID 19 and so it is COPE Galway’s priority to ensure that every effort is made to safeguard them against contracting the virus in the first instance and also to have arrangements in place so that people can self-isolate if advised to do so. The HSE has advised self-isolation in the case of suspected contraction of COVID-19 as a responsible action which we wish to facilitate for the people we work with.
A range of preventative measures are in place across COPE Galway services which are being further developed to help support the containment phase currently in operation. In conjunction with Galway City Council, COPE Galway is making provision to facilitate self-isolation should the need arise and in doing so aim to minimise disruption to our clients and services. We ask that the privacy and dignity of people who are homeless is respected in the same manner as that of anyone else in the community who has to self-isolate during this challenging time.
For further information, contact Martin O’Connor, COPE Galway Assistant CEO. 091 778 750