May 8, 2021
Business News

PHASE ONE: Green light for some Wicklow businesses as people advised to use face coverings when shopping

The Cabinet has given the go-ahead for Phase One of the Covid-19 restrictions to be lifted as expected.

At a press conference this afternoon, the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said people should use face coverings when on public transport or in an enclosed indoor public area, such as retail.

Speaking at Government Buildings, he said the guidance for Phase One is to stay at home except for the following five reasons:

  • To go to work if your workplace is open and you can’t work from home
  • To shop for items you need
  • To exercise within 5 kilometres
  • For medical reasons or to care for others
  • To meet friends or family within 5 kilometres, in groups of no more than four

He added that said outdoor workers like construction, gardeners, allotments can return to work.

Meanwhile, the following retailers can open: Hardware stores, builders’ merchants, and stores that provide supplies and tools essential for gardening, farming and agriculture; Garden centres and farmers’ markets; opticians/optometrists/outlets providing hearing test services, selling hearing aids and appliances; retailers involved in the sale, supply and repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles and bicycles and related facilities; office products and services; and Electrical, IT and phone sales, repair and maintenance services for home.

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