Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

12.11 20 Oct 2020


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Retailers will be allowed to continue offering 'click-and-collect' services during lockdown.

Junior minister Robert Troy says the Government will offer more clarity later today on how exactly such systems will be allowed operate.

Under the level five restrictions, all but non-essential retail outlets are being asked to close.

Only the likes of supermarkets, newsagents, pharmacies, pet food stores, banks, laundries and office supplies will be allowed remain open.

However, the Government's guidelines for essential retail states that "any other retail outlet that operates an online or other remote system of ordering goods for purposes of collection at the retail outlet" is included.

Smyths Toys is among the retailers today saying they plan to continue offering 'click-and-collect' services when their stores close their doors to other shoppers.

They said in a statement: "Click & Collect may be unavailable at times today and tomorrow as we work through a surge in orders.

"From Thursday 22nd October, Home Delivery and Click & Collect will be available throughout the lockdown period."

Minister of State Robert Troy told The Pat Kenny Show more clarity will be provided today on whether customers will be able to enter stores offering click -and-collect services.

He said: "I welcome the fact that click-and-collect is available - and I encourage each of your listeners... when they shop online over the next number of weeks... do so from your local shop.

"There is a click-and-go system - I don't know whether it's collect at the door... but we will get that clarified."

He also noted Enterprise Ireland offers supports to business who want to start offering an online service.

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan last night urged people to support local businesses during the lockdown period and beyond.

He said: "I feel for all those small retailers - who've done nothing wrong, and have done everything right.

"It's not through their lack of actions that we've had to had to take these measures - it's just to reduce our social activity overall.

"I think we should repay them, and stand within them, by making sure we do that click-and-collect... let's make sure we spend our money at home in those businesses."

He also encouraged people to do their Christmas shopping in such stores when they do fully reopen.

Main image: File photo. Picture by: Tim Goode/PA Wire/PA Images

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