Cork City Council will permanently pedestrianise 17 city centre streets over the coming weeks to allow for the facilitation of outdoor dining when hospitality reopens.
The Irish Times reports that work will begin on Caroline Street, Pembroke Street, Oliver Plunkett Street, Cook Street and Maylor Street on April 12 before similiar works take place on Paul Street, St Peter and Paul’s Place, Little Ann Street and Little Cross Street the following week. Streets will remain accessible to pedestrians with traffic management systems in place.
It's thought that outdoor hospitality will reopen before indoor and towns and cities across the country are being encouraged to adapt to reflect this.
Last year, a similar system was introduced in Cork with the temporary pedestrianisation of 1.3km of city streets allowing people to enjoy the city in a safe way.