The Government has published a list of the essential services that will still be operating.

The Government has published a list of essential retail outlets on its website, that can continue to operate during the COVID-19 crisis.

The list comes after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced on Tuesday that all non-essential retail outlets would close in measures to slow the spread of the virus.

Here is what will remain open:

  • 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