Mayor of Derry issues important message ahead of Halloween


The Mayor of Derry has issued an important message ahead of Halloween.

Traditionally Derry welcomes tens of thousands of visitors to the city for one of the biggest Halloween celebrations in Europe, with an internationally acclaimed programme of festivities.

This year, the Council team have put all their energy into creating a vibrant and entertaining virtual programme of activities to bring Halloween right into people's homes.

Responding to recent increases in cases of Covid-19 in the North West area, the Council has been working intensively with all its stakeholders to engage and enforce the public safety messaging in a bid to control the virus.

With that in mind, the Mayor today called on all local people to keep up the momentum and continue to follow the guidance to protect as many people as possible at this critical time.

He stressed that making the effort now could make all the difference when looking ahead to Christmas.

People are also reminded ahead of the weekend that they must adhere to the restrictions around the mixing of households, social gatherings, unnecessary travel and social distancing.

A spokesperson for the N.I. Ireland Executive Office reinforced the safety message saying: "Restrictions are in place to curb the spread of Covid-19 across the community.

These measures include limiting interactions between households and restricting the number of people who can gather together.