Fixed trading throughout the day due to easing of restrictions

Fixed trading throughout the day due to easing of restrictions

Since reopening this morning, unwanted retailers, hair and beauty providers, gyms and other businesses across the country have reported steady trade.

It has been forced to close for the past six weeks following the easing of Kovid-19 restrictions.

Cinemas, museums and galleries are allowed to reopen, but pubs serving food and restaurants will remain closed until Friday.

To ease the pressure from customer demand, some stores will open before 7 a.m., while others will open earlier than usual and trade tonight.

Outside some shops, small queues form at different times of the day.

On Mary Street in Dublin, dozens of people queued up to enter the Pennies from 4.30am.

Before it reopened at 10 a.m., there was a large queue outside the Arnotes on Henry Street.

Street stalls on Moore Street reopened for the first time since March, with traders saying they wanted to get back into business.

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Overall, retail organizations say they can handle the number of shoppers in most places and are at the levels they expect.

According to the National Transport Authority, public transport capacity is not declining.

He said retailers are relieved to be open again and shoppers are happy to be able to shop again.

With cafes, restaurants and pubs not reopening until Friday, it is expected to be the weekend before the scope of the Christmas boom becomes clear.

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It’s a busy but manageable day in downtown when shops and businesses reopen, said Dublin City Council’s North City Area Services Director.

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Speaking on RTE’s News at One, Coylan O’Reilly said the council was “very excited” about the reopening of the city and would like to welcome citizens back to the city center.

O’Reilly said safety was paramount and that the number of pedestrians on the streets would be monitored by the council and Ann Garda Savocana.

He said if a street is too busy, authorities will intervene if necessary to restrict entry and reopen when the number decreases.

He said Dublin City Council, the National Transport Authority, the Garda and business groups have taken a number of steps as part of the queuing protocol.


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Retail Ireland, meanwhile, predicts that it will spend a typical month and above on retail lets toilets this December.

Some shopping centers have set up temporary shelters outside their customers to limit the number of visitors due to congestion.

To avoid even walking, some retailers say they will be open tonight and tomorrow, and many others will open earlier and later than usual.

The Dublin Town organization said it still expects two-thirds of last year to be between Christmas.

That is the latest government guideline Face masks should be worn in crowded or congested door areas There is a significant congregation there, like the busy shopping streets.

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People are asked to stay home from work if they do not need to be present in person.

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said he was wary of reopening from the fifth level, but added that it was a good day.

He asked people in the queue to follow public health guidelines and wear face masks.

Donnelly said retailers take every precaution from the start, but he said people need to keep the basics in mind and ultimately limit each person to their contacts.

Retail Excellence said many of the 50,000 retail workers who went on pandemic unemployment pay in October are returning to work from today, but warned of more coveted retail accidents.

When there was a bounce after the first lockdown, Duncan Graham, managing director of Q2, said retailers hoped to trade like the back of the Q2.

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He told RTE’s Morning Ireland that it was difficult to recover the money lost in November but that retailers were ready and had been waiting for this day for the past six weeks.

He said shopping habits have changed over the past year and more channels are open to shoppers than ever before – online, click and collect.

Abraham said there will be more Kovid retail losses and retailers will face a rent increase early next year.

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Speaking at the same event, Sinn Fin leader Mary Lou MacDonald urged people to use common sense and take responsibility for easing restrictions.

She said it is possible to prepare for Christmas, enjoy the season and enter our families and work responsibly and as adults.

Miss McDonald’s said doing basic things like hand washing, social distance and wearing a mask can have a strong impact.

In Galway, the manager of the Air Square Center said he expects a steady increase in the number of shoppers in the coming days.

Some retailers opened their doors at 6.30am, the rest later.

Center manager Avil Smith said crowd management steps were being taken to move forward until Christmas.

Additional cleaning and security staff have been hired, all public seats have been removed, and all retailers have individual plans for the Marshall Queue.

Due to social distance restrictions, Santa’s Grotto at the Center will not open this year.

Ms Smith said the shopper center has been slow since this morning and the regular reopening of cafes and restaurants will lead to an increase in visitors to the city.

Retailers are expected to be busy from the weekend onwards as the number of shoppers is expected to increase as intercounty travel is allowed later this month.

Additional Reporting Pat McGrath

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