The Government has today announced increased measures to tackle COVID-19.
These measures include the closure of all non-essential retail outlets until 19 April.
Here’s an indicative list of outlets which are considered to be essential, and can remain open to the public during the crisis.
- Retail and wholesale of food, beverages, newspapers in non-specialised and specialised stores
- Retail sale of household consumer products necessary to maintain the safety and sanitation of residences and businesses
- Pharmacies/Chemists and retailers providing pharmaceuticals
- Retail sale of selling medical and orthopaedic goods in specialised stores
- Fuel stations and heating fuel providers
- Retailers involved in the repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles and bikes and related facilities (eg. tyre sales and repairs
- Retail sale of essential items for the health and welfare of animals including animal feed and medicines, animal food, pet food and animal supplies including bedding
- Laundries and drycleaners
- Banks, post offices and Credit Unions
- Retail sale of safety supply stores (eg. work clothes, personal protective equipment)
- Hardware stores, builders’ merchants and stores that provide hardware products necessary for home and business maintenance, sanitation and farm equipment,supplies and essential tools for gardening, farming and agriculture
- Retail sale of office products and services for people working from home and for businesses
- Retailers providing electrical, IT and phone sale, repair and maintenance services for home
These retailers must implement social distancing.