Buyers and retailers alike were left confused as to what they ought to have done after the guard was deployed against “non-essential” retail products over the weekend.
Under the new regulations introduced on October 22, people can go to a basic retail space to buy items, including food, beverages, fuel, medicines, basic animal health and welfare items, or basic home maintenance materials.
According to Level 5 restrictions, “retailers with a mixed retail supply that have discrete basic and non-essential retail space should make arrangements to separate the respective areas.”
However, the new regulations do not specify whether clothing is necessary.
Items that customers are told they can not buy include babies, underwear and winter bracelets.
Isabel Keane was trying to buy a baby to grow up in Dancing in Carrigaline, Co Cork, when she saw that all her clothes were cut off. Ms. Keane, who is pregnant, described her frustration with the change in practice.
“It’s really frustrating to be honest. I have to arrive in February, so I was hoping to pick up a few pieces along the way. I understand that you can buy things online. But it is different with things for newborns. “You want to get a sense of clothing.”
Social media has confused confused customers.
Sandra O’Meara, from Cork, tweeted: “Aren’t shoes, socks, underwear, baby clothes necessary? I can buy coffee in Costa, drive through McDonald’s, but I can’t buy shoes because I don’t are necessary.
I have a question do not shoes, socks, underwear, baby clothes are considered necessary? I can get coffee in Costa, drive through McDonald’s, but I can not buy shoes because they are not necessary. But still, in Danes this morning I could buy candles, a bedside table, even a.
Sandra O’Meara (@meara_sandra) October 25, 2020
“But this morning in Dance I could buy candles, a locker for the bed, even a Christmas tree, but not socks, or shoes or underwear. I really need the logic he explained to me here. But I can order any of it online and collect it in a store. “I am very confused,” she tweeted
A spokesman for Retail Excellence, Ireland’s largest retailer, confirmed that the lack of a definitive list “adds confusion”, while a Garda spokesman said the Guardian was inspecting businesses and services and would continue to “engage in explaining and enforcing” last resort.
A Tesco Ireland spokesman confirmed that they had stopped selling most clothing along with other items.
They said: “We are following the instructions of the Government and have closed our F&F clothing and home entertainment units across the country. “We will continue to offer a very limited range of basic clothing items for clients only, such as school uniforms and some baby clothing.”