Here we go again.

It is almost certain that in nine months the government will announce a full level 5 ban in Ireland for the third time.

These reintroduced restrictions would mean a big change in shopping across the country.

For example, Smyths and Penneys are not allowed to be opened below level 5 unless the government makes a significant change to the Living with Covid plan – which is not to be expected.

As part of this plan, there are currently only 16 types of outlets / shops / retailers allowed to remain open during Level 5.

As a result, the following may remain open during level 5 lockout:

As a side note: It is worth noting that the government may introduce reservations, clauses, or more favorable legislation to allow for an additional level of trade. Retail is currently at level 5.

Open to business

1. Points of sale selling take-away food or beverages, or newspapers, whether retail or wholesale, and whether in a non-specialized or specialized point of sale.

2. Markets that offer all or most of the food for sale.

3. Points of sale that sell products necessary for the essential maintenance and functioning of residential and business locations, be it retail or wholesale.

4th Pharmacies, chemists, and retailers or wholesalers who provide drugs or pharmaceutical services or dispensing services, whether in retail or wholesale.

5. Points of sale that sell health, medical or orthopedic goods in a specialized point of sale, be it retail or wholesale.

6th Petrol stations and heating fuel providers.

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7th Points of sale that sell essential animal health and welfare items (including pet food and medicines, pet food, litter, and supplies), whether in retail or wholesale.

8th. Laundries and dry cleaners.

9. Banks, post offices and credit unions.

10. Points of sale of safety items (including workwear, shoes and personal protective equipment), whether in retail or wholesale.

11. Hardware outlets, construction companies, and retail outlets or wholesalers providing: hardware products required for household and business maintenance or construction and development, plumbing and agricultural equipment, or supplies and tools required for agricultural or agricultural purposes are essential.

12. Points of sale for the repair and maintenance of mechanically powered vehicles or bicycles and all related facilities (including the sale and repair of tires).

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13th The following sales outlets only offer services in an emergency:

  • Points of sale that offer hearing tests or sell hearing aids and devices.
  • Office supplies and services outlets for businesses or relevant individuals who work from their respective place of residence, be it in retail or wholesale.
  • Electrical, information and communications technology points of sale, and telephone sales, repair and maintenance services for homes and businesses.

14th Any other retail store that operates an online or other remote system for ordering goods for collection at the retail store.

15th Optician and optician outlet.

16. Retail or wholesale outlets for food or beverages and in non-specialized or specialized outlets:

    • provided that they sell food or drinks to take away or for consumption outside the company premises
    • as long as it concerns staff canteens that are exclusively intended for people who work in or in a specific building


    • Hotels or similar accommodation services according to paragraph 8 sub-paragraphs (a) to (d), provided that they sell food or beverages for consumption on the premises according to paragraph 8 sub-paragraphs (a) to (d) of this part.