The reopening of non-essential Irish retailers was originally scheduled for 29th June, but has been moved up for selected stores.
Ireland’s National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has recommended that some larger retailers be allowed to open their doors from Monday, two-and-a-half weeks earlier than planned. The reopenings were initially due scheduled for June 29th – phase three of the plan to lift coronavirus restrictions – but have been brought forward to the date set for phase two.
Larger stores with entrances opening onto the street have been given the greenlight to reopen from Monday, as long as strict social distancing and other safety measures are adhered to. Retailers based in shopping centres are not included in the 8th June reopenings.
The move comes following pressure from industry groups. Business group Ibec said lockdown restrictions need to be eased more quickly to allow most traders reopen by the end of the month and into July. Maeve McElwee, Ibec’s director of employee relations, said Ireland has to deal with its economic situation as well as its public health issues: “We are lagging considerably behind lots of our European neighbours in terms of reopening,” she said.
However, according to the Irish Times, not all retail chains are ready to reopen on Monday; Penneys has said it will reopen its Irish stores at a later because of the lead-in time required.