Covid 19 recovery

Council launches campaign to support Covid-19 recovery   

7th September 2020

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has launched a new local ​communications campaign to thank Fermanagh and Omagh residents for continuing to play their part in the fight against Covid-19 and to support the recovery of the district following the impacts of Covid-19.

As part of the Council’s recovery campaign, bright visual ​messages will be displayed at various locations across the district to remind and encourage​ people to ‘Keep Safe’, ‘Support Local’ and that we are ‘Stronger Together’. These messages will be supported by a wider media, marketing and social media campaign over the coming weeks.

‘Stay Safe’ street graphics and signs will also be installed in busy retail areas and at entrance points into Enniskillen and Omagh town centres to further support these key messages.

Welcoming the launch of the ​Council’s recovery communications campaign, Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, ​Councillor Chris Smyth said:

“Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is committed to supporting our communities and businesses as we emerge from the relaxation of various Covid-19 restrictions.

While the Council has actively supported local communities and businesses throughout the Covid-19 health pandemic by providing financial assistance, business support and mentoring and the community hub for example, ​this campaign ​shows how we can all support the recovery of the district.

We can do this by keeping safe and following official health advice; by supporting local, shopping local and taking care of and pride in our spectacular natural environment which provided a sanctuary to so many during the height of lockdown restrictions, and that by working together, supporting our local community or volunteering time to help others, we are stronger together and can deliver a brighter future for the district and its residents.”

The Council’s key messages to recovery will be displayed at Council recycling centres, on Council vehicles and on district boundary signs which welcome people to the area.

Councillor Smyth explained:

“The larger ​displays will also be used to enable the Council to publicly ​acknowledge and thank Fermanagh and Omagh residents for playing their part in the fight against Covid-19 over their last number of months and for their continued support in rebuilding the district by keeping safe, supporting local and by working together.

In addition, the smaller displays on the district boundary signage encourages those visiting the district to do so safely and with our local communities and businesses in mind.”

The local recovery campaign is the latest in a programme of activity being undertaken by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council as part of its recovery plan for the district to support local communities and businesses.

It follows on from the launch of a customer ‘Confidence Mark’ for local businesses; the opening of the RECOVER grant programme for community organisations; the roll out of free business support and mentoring programmes; a social media campaign profiling the district as a staycation summer destination; engagement with town centre traders and members of the public through town centre surveys; a focused street cleansing and flower planting programme to ensure town centres are clean and attractive and the animation of Enniskillen and Omagh town centres on Saturdays with live music.