What are essential retail outlets?

On 24 March 2020, the Irish Government announced new restrictions to try and slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. You can read the details of the new restrictions on gov.ie and in our document on public health measures for COVID-19.

The following is an indicative list of what are considered essential retail outlets:

  • Retail and wholesale sale of food, beverages and 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, pharmaceutical or dispensing services
  • Opticians/optometrists
  • Retail sale of medical and orthopaedic goods in specialised stores
  • Fuel stations and heating fuel providers
  • Retailers involved in the repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles and bicycle repair and related facilities (for example, 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 (for example, 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 tools essential for gardening/farming/agriculture
  • Retail sale of office products and services for individuals working from home and for businesses
  • Retailers providing electrical, IT and phone sales, repair and maintenance services for home