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PICS: Hardware stores reopened today and some of the queues were massive

By James Fenton

May 18, 2020 at 12:41pm

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Hardware stores swung open their doors today for the first time since March as Ireland entered phase 1 of the government's roadmap to reopening business and society.

Since early this morning, queues formed outside hardware stores such as Woodie's and B & Q as proprietors ensured social distancing measures were being adhered to.

It should be stated that the expected onslaught of DIY enthusiasts hasn't materialised at some branches but the gloomy weather this morning might have something to do with that. In other cases, queues snaked around corners as people looked to pick up their essential bits and pieces...

Hardware stores are among a number of outlets that are allowed to open from today, with garden centres, opticians and farmers markets also given the go-ahead. The second phase of the government's roadmap is due to begin on June 8 when it is expected that 'small retail outlets can reopen with small numbers of staff on the basis that the retailer can control the number of individuals that staff and customers interact with at any given time.'

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