Public urged to begin Xmas shopping ‘as soon as possible’

by Rachel Darcy

A group representing businesses in the city centre is urging the public to start their Christmas shopping as soon as possible to allow for social distancing.

DublinTown, the business group of 2,500 businesses in Dublin City centre, is urging the public to start their shopping before the December rush as increased on street and in store space management will be required to meet physical distancing needs.

In addition to asking customers to start their shopping earlier, DublinTown is asking for the public to support Irish jobs by visiting physical stores in the city, in addition to buying from local retailers.

In a statement, the group said: “Post Covid, we all want to see a vibrant capital city and to make that a reality we need to make sure we support city businesses, and if purchasing on-line the public are encouraged to buy from sites that support Irish jobs.

“Shopping and socialising in the city centre of Dublin under the iconic Christmas lights is a key Christmas memory for many. 2020 has been an extremely difficult year for Dublin city centre businesses.”

The group have also said that despite the unusual circumstances of Christmas under Covid-19, they will still go ahead with erecting the iconic Dublin Christmas lights around 26 streets in town, though there will be no official launch ceremony in the city centre.

“DublinTown has shared that experience with its members and will be unable to provide new Christmas lights on some streets as it would have wished.

“However it will erect lights on 26 city centre streets including on Grafton and Henry/Mary Streets and many more. The Nollaig Shona Duit Christmas lights sign previously on Wicklow Street will be transferred to Grafton Street,” the group said.

Further details on shopping in the city centre can be found on Dublintown.ie.

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