Retail Ireland today welcomed the statement made this afternoon by Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly that he wanted shops selling children’s shoes added to the list of what is deemed "essential retail” immediately.
The Ibec group that represents the retail sector said that the current distinction between what was deemed “essential” and “non-essential” did not reflect the crucial needs of consumers during these protracted COVID restrictions.
“The delayed reopening of the wider retail sector has compounded the serious difficulties many retailers deemed non-essential are facing," said Arnold Dillon, director, Retail Ireland.
"It is also leading to heightened frustration among consumers, who want ready access to the products they need, such as children’s shoes. A significant number of retailers will not survive the crisis without enhanced and prolonged Government support,” he added.
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