Purple Flag Stakeholders are reminding everyone to be aware of their own personal safety when they go out this festive season. The Christmas party season is upon us and the City Centre is already getting busier with shoppers trying to beat the festive rush.
We are working together to remind everyone to be aware of their own personal safety this Christmas to ensure they don’t put themselves in any dangerous situations. “We want to ensure that everyone can enjoy a good and safe night out in our Purple Flag Zone. It’s in all our interests; the general public, business and the emergency services, to keep the day and night-time economy vibrant and safe places to visit. Our venues are working together to place the personal safety of visitors at the top of its priority list”.
The Gardai have issued their safety message and posters are saying that they always encourage responsible drinking, plan ahead and let your family and friends know where you are going and who you are going with which are available for download on this site.
We recommend that you plan how you are going to get home by pre-booking a licensed taxi or by making sure you know the times for your bus. Also make sure your phone is charged, never leave your drink unattended and take care of your bag and belongings. When you’re out with family or friends look after one another and make sure you all get home safely.”
Venue owners advise that “Should you witness any inappropriate behaviour; if it is not acceptable when sober, it is not acceptable when under the influence of alcohol; please tell a staff member if you have any concerns or contact the Gardai”.
The Purple Flag ethos is centred around quality; quality of experience when going out; quality of customer care; and quality being applied to every aspect of your visit into and around Waterford city.
Purple Flag is an international accreditation and award scheme aiming to raise standards amongst licensed venues, recognising positive management helping to facilitate safe and enjoyable nights out for the public. Members work together to reduce crime, reward excellence, and raise standards of alcohol licensed premises.