‘Non-essential’ retailers are reopening this doors this morning, many for the first time this year.
Since late December, many shops have been unable to serve customers in-store. The ban on click and collect was a further blow to traders, leaving many closed for almost five months.
But brighter days have arrived with main streets returning to life across Donegal. The day has finally come for retailers who promised they would be ‘back soon’.
Local chambers are urging shoppers now to ‘shop local’ and ‘stay local’ to support businesses at a crucial time.
As the #sunsets tonight in #Donegal , the very best of luck to all who reopen tommorrow across #Donegal.
Please #ShopLocal & stay local over the coming weeks and months.
Thanks to all for the amazing support over the past year. #HasToBeLetterkenney pic.twitter.com/WDRh4QtKo8
— Letterkenny Chamber #lovelocal #staysafe (@lkchamber) May 16, 2021
The advice for shopping safely this summer is to support local, follow public health measures and be mindful of others.
Government advice includes:
- with our shops and shopping centres reopening, remember that you still have to wear a face covering when shopping, even if you’ve been fully vaccinated
- when planning your shopping trip, please support your local retailers and businesses
- if you feel unwell you should stay at home
- if you do go out shopping, dress appropriately as you may have to queue outside
- try to shop at off-peak times and keep a 2 metre distance from other shoppers and staff
- try to keep your shopping time to a minimum and remember to use hand sanitiser when entering and leaving the shop
- remember – you can still shop online or over the phone and collect your goods or have them delivered