List of essential retailers that will remain open during lockdown


The government has released a list of essential retailers that will remain open during the stay-at-home lockdown.

Some will be offering a full service where others will be limited to emergency call-out and delivery services.

Essential Retail Outlets:

  • Retail and wholesale sale of food, beverages and newspapers. Retail sale of household consumer products necessary to maintain the safety and sanitation of residences and businesses.
  • Pharmacies and chemists.
  • Retail sales of medical and orthopaedic goods in specialised stores.
  • Fuel stations and heating fuel providers.
  • Health and animal welfare retailers. Including feed and medicines, animal food, pet food and animal supplies including bedding.
  • Laundries and dry cleaners.
  • Banks, post offices and credit unions.
  • Retail sale of safety supply stores (work clothes, Personal Protective Equipment, for example).

Emergency Call-Out and Delivery Service:

  • Opticians/optometrists.
  • Repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles and bicycle repair and related facilities (tyre sales and repairs for example).
  • Hardware stores, builder’s merchants and stores that provide hardware products necessary for home and business maintenance, sanitation and farm equipment, supplies and tools essential for gardening/farming/agriculture.
  • Retail sale of office products and services for individuals working from home and for businesses.
  • Retailers providing electrical, IT and phone sales, repair and maintenance services for home.

-Sam Fitzsimons