SuperValu implementing plexiglass barriers to keep their customers and workers safe.
Businesses and Shops remaining open during the Covid-19 pandemic
By I Love Limerick correspondent Sophia DiBattista
In Ireland, the social distancing period has been updated to continue through Sunday, April 19. While most stores are closed, there are some businesses open during the coronavirus crisis.
This situation is not a permanent one and with the help of delivery services and precautions taken up by these establishments, people can shop for supplies with less worry.
Recently, the government published a list of businesses that have been deemed “essential” and will continue operating. These include food shops, retailers that sell household products like toilet tissue and sanitiser, pharmacies, opticians, fuel stations, laundromats and more. The full list is at the end of this story.
Here is a list of specific places taking the necessary measures so the citizens of Limerick can maintain a safe and healthy environment.
Many supermarkets have made changes to their layouts in order to abide by the safety regulations for social distancing. There are lines taped to the ground marking the 2 meter distance required by the government.
One of these stores using these precautions is Tesco, which has also taken part by furthering its online delivery service. Customers can order food online, pay with card and have it delivered to their doorstep during their chosen time slot. For in-store shoppers, they have dedicated 7 am to 9 am for the elderly and family carers to gather what they need.
Another store to rely on is Supervalu. Like Tesco, they have an online delivery service that will bring groceries and the like to your doorstep.
Supervalu and Centra are also teaming up with the GAA for the #ClubTogether initiative. President of the GAA John Horan commented on this mission saying that it will “create a network to support those in our communities who need us most at this challenging time.”
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@supervalu_irl and @centra_irl are working together with community organisations like the @officialgaa and local authorities to help the Elderly in our communities at this time. So if you are elderly or vulnerable and can’t get out to do your weekly food shop, then call your local authority helpline. They will connect you with local volunteers who’ll do your weekly shopping for you and bring it from our stores to your door. Contact details of all local authorities can be found here: https://bit.ly/2wMvnc0
Another place to keep an eye on is Dunnes Stores. Their doorstep delivery service is convenient and efficient, but not only that, they are giving benefits to their workers as well. As of Monday, March 9, Dunnes workers have been paid a 10% premium and have been given a staff discount. businesses open during coronavirus
For Fast Food, Delivery and Convenience Stores there are still lots of options.
A popular pizza place is the one and only Da Vincenzo located in the George Boutique Hotel. They are offering takeaway and delivery services every day from 5pm – 10pm. One of their great deals is their buy one, get one free on all pizzas or pastas. So, you can easily purchase one meal and have another one for the next day, or freeze it for another time. Phone (061) 460 425 or go here.
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We have extended our opening hours on Sunday April 5th from 2pm-9pm Thank you for your continued support… You can order by calling 061-460425 or alternatively order online at Davincenzo.ie #takeout #delivery #homedelivery #freshfoodfast #orderandcollect #treatyourself #takeaway #limerick
Dominos has stayed open amidst the other fast-food closures. Their online delivery makes payment simple by requiring customers to use their card, not cash. They will call to let customers know they have arrived and leave the food at the doorstep. The popular pizza chain has gluten-free and vegetarian options, and even vegans can find useful hacks to make it suitable for their way of life.
If you’re in the mood for a few snacks, all Centras in Limerick City are still open. Whether you need a Leap Card top-up or a quick bite to eat, Centra is there for you.
For other orders if you are curious about what is staying open, Just Eat is the app to find out. The famous online delivery app lists all the fast-food businesses still running. It is a reliable source for delivery needs.
Businesses like Nom Donuts have been delivering tasty desserts to locals around the Limerick region including Annacotty, Castleconnell and more. This past Saturday and Sunday, Nom Donuts have delivered treats to their customers who used Facebook messenger to contact the business. Even with a closed shop, they are still serving people.
Other eateries and delivery places remaining open for Delivery are Annacotty Farm Foods, Bakehouse22, Hook & Ladder and Daybreak.
Pharmacies are still open for business. If someone is in need of medicine or pharmaceuticals, O Sullivan’s is still open for business. Located on O’Connell Street and on Lower Henry Street, O’Sullivans are a reliable company that provides customers with both medication and beauty essentials.
Boots is another open business that deals with medicine and beauty care products. Their shelves are stocked with shampoos, perfumes, vitamins and skincare essentials for those who choose to pamper themselves over the social distancing period. Boots is found in multiple places ranging from Childers Road to Raheen, so there is a Boots near most people.
If you live in Castletroy around the University of Limerick, Lloyd’s Pharmacy is remaining open as well. They are currently only accepting card payments since it prevents the spread of germs. Lloyd’s has also developed a delivery service for those who cannot leave the house. For orders over €40, the shipping is free.
Some other pharmacies around the Limerick area include Ashdown, Hogan’s, Roberts, Scanlons’ and Plunketts.
While the Crescent Shopping Centre is a larger area, all essential outlets have remained open. It is open from Mondays through Saturdays from 10 am to 6 pm and on Sundays from 12 pm to 6 pm. The Tesco inside has updated their hours as well, allowing customers to shop from 7 am to 10 pm every day.
There are many other types of businesses open as well such as Printpoint for printing services and personalised gifts. For more information, click here. businesses open during coronavirus
Specsavers on Cruises Street and at the Crescent are open for emergency and urgent care. So are many dentists such as Bridge House Dental. To check out Bridge House, click here.
Banks, post offices and many office stores are also still open. businesses open during coronavirus
These hours and locations may change depending on how much longer this will continue. Please remember to abide by the social distancing regulations set out by the government, for your own sake and for the wellness of others.
For a longer list of open businesses, click here.
For more stories on Limerick shops during the Covid-19 crisis, click here.
The Government has published a list of essential retail outlets that will stay open: