Phase 2 – What Shops Are Set To Open In Ireland Next Week?

Phase two of the government's plan to reopen the country is set to fall into place on Monday, June 8.


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As part of the gradual roadmap out of lockdown, phase two of the government’s plan is set to fall into place on Monday, June 8.

But, what exactly does that mean in terms of shopping?

Here are some businesses you can expect to see opening up as part of phase two.

Small retail outlets 

As outlined by the government, “small retail outlets can reopen with a small number of staff on the basis that the retailer can control the number of individuals that staff and customers interact with at any one time.”

It will be up to the discretion of individual outlets on whether they want to open or not and checking online before travelling to the store is advised. Penneys noted that it will not open next week due to its large number of staff. Instead, the retailer will open doors in phase three as previously planned.

Many larger stores will reopen with a limited workforce, with stores like Brown Thomas and Arnotts reopening on June 10 and 11. The beauty and accessories halls will be first to open due to their on street entrances – this includes Brown Thomas’ concessions like LV and Chanel.


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Arnotts menswear department as well as accessories and beauty hall will also open its doors as part of phase two.

Charity shops 

Charity shops are also set to see their doors reopen. Since closing on March 16, charity shops have lost out on a lot of money which is given back to the local community and so, the ability to reopen is one that’s encouraged.

As well as many independent charity shops, almost half of St Vincent De Paul shops will reopen nationwide.


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Shopping centres

Shopping centres across Ireland can open on June 15th but measures must be taken to ensure that people cannot congregate. This means no food halls, sitting in groups or gathering together.

The shopping centres will be open for retail purposes only.


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Public libraries across the country are also set to reopen next week. Library card holders will be allowed to rent books again and although the buildings will remain closed to the public, call and collect services will be available so you can grab new books on long term leases.

Information on Dublin City Libraries Call & Collect service here.

Markets and trade centres 

As part of phase two, all markets and trade centres can reopen yet again once social distancing is in place.

Speaking about the reopening of larger retail units, Leo Varadkar said that elements of different phases could continue to be brought forward if all goes well and subject to cabinet approval. Now we will only see four phases in Ireland, with all travel restrictions being lifted on June 29 and our “new normal” kicking in from July 20.

“Fear has exerted a kind of gravity pulling us down, but now we find there is hope pulling us up again. We are heading the right direction.

“We have earned the right to be hopeful about the future again,” the Taoiseach said while addressing the nation on Friday.

You can read about phase two in detail and what it means for you here.