Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail, Damien English T.D. confirms all retailers can operate remote ordering for collection or delivery of goods, while urging consumers to stay local and shop local.
Minister English encouraged retailers to continue to adapt their businesses in order to meet the new challenges presented by Level 5 restrictions.New Government regulations now allow for retail outlets to operate online or offer other remote systems of ordering goods for the purposes of collection at the outlet.
Minister English said, “I recognise the huge impact Level 5 restrictions have on retail
but also recognise that the sector has already shown great determination and
adaptability in the face of the incredible challenges that COVID-19 has brought.”
He continued, “Therefore, I would encourage retailers to adopt remote ordering
systems, such as click and deliver, click and collect, or to take phone orders where
possible, to ensure that they can keep operating and continue to work safely, while
customers can continue to shop locally with them.”
Under Level 5 restrictions, all non-essential retail such as garden centres, furniture, homeware, furnishings and flooring, clothing, footwear and bookshops are closed to customer access.
However, order and collection from these retailers can take place
within the 5km limit.