As vaccines continue to increase across the country, many feel like they are finally coming to an end — but there are still restrictions on Irish supermarkets.
New cases remain stable, while Jab Rollout has led to a drastic reduction in the number of hospitalized and severely infected victims.
The government will provide a plan in a few weeks to get us out of the lockdown in May, June and July.
But in the meantime, it is important to remember that Kovit is just as dangerous as ever. There are some rules we have to follow, which is no different for open businesses and Irish supermarkets.
With talks about locking loose, here Carda Irish supermarkets like Aldi, Little, Tesco, Dunnas and Superwall still have rules to follow.
You can find some gems in the middle aisle of Little – from chainsaws to heavy blankets and baby toys, the possibilities are endless when it comes to promotion time.
However, since the outbreak of the corona virus, Little Middle Aid has been unlimited during Level 5 controls.
That is, as long as the locking lasts, Little Middle Aisle products will not be on sale.
The Litlin website states: “Since the government’s announcement outlining the new Level 5 restrictions on closing business on December 31, we have taken a number of steps to ensure full compliance with the new regulations.
“We will not sell any items that are deemed unnecessary – such as casual clothing and baby toys. We are also in the process of removing the remaining shares of previous non-essential advertisements.
“We continue to sell assorted products essentially for the maintenance of residential and commercial premises, safety wear, repair and maintenance of cars and bikes in our medium lanes.”
Like Little, Aldi’s mid-range aisle sales are also good for finding something stunning and different.
Aldi’s website, however, states that there are currently no restrictions on store-bought products.
That being said, Aldi announced last week that they will not be storing their famous hot tubs before summer — because they expect large crowds to get their hands on production, which means social distance is difficult to manage.
Clothing was not considered an essential item, and in January when we entered the Level 5 lock the retailer stopped selling clothes in stores.
Tesco, like Dunnas, also sells clothing that is considered non-essential by another retailer.
Clothing is not sold in Tesco stores in Ireland, and according to their website, there are no other restrictions on products in their stores.
The website states: “We do not set proper limits, but we urge customers not to change their shopping habits to help ensure that everyone can get what they want. No need to stockpile or buy in bulk.”
Superwall stores currently have no product restrictions because they mainly sell groceries.
Shopkeepers are advised to follow public hygiene guidelines, including wearing masks while shopping, maintaining social distance in stores, and using a hand sanitizer when entering to protect colleagues and retailers.
With the fee limit for contactless cards being raised to 50, the use of contactless payments is still advised by retailers.