Businesses across Louth will re-open on Monday morning after the second phase of easing Covid-19 lockdown measures swings into action.
All retail stores which have their own entrances can begin trading again, many opening their doors for the first time in almost three months. These will be followed by shopping centres in seven days, while pubs can open by the end of the month, so long as they serve food an provide a table service.
It comes as the government seeks to speed up the easing of lockdown measures, due to the containment of coronavirus.
Strict guidelines and measures remain in place, with retailers asked to use "staggered hours" to avoid public transport being overcrowded at peak times. Shops will not be allowed to open before 10.30am. They will also be asked to allow for allocated shopping times for vulnerable and older people.
From Monday, other changes will come into effect including:
Welcoming the measures, Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd said:
“The acceleration of the roadmap has been made possible thanks to the high level of compliance with social distancing and hygiene measures, and it’s vital that this continues to ensure that further progress can be made.
“Further work will be carried out in the coming days and weeks to determine which actions will take place in each phase. Some measures such as bans on mass gatherings may need to remain in place well into August as will public health advice around hygiene and physical distancing.”
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