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Businesses Asked To Review Safety Measures Before Re-Opening.

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Junior Minister urges caution as non-essential retail & personal services resume.


A junior minister is asking businesses to review their safety measures as they prepare to reopen for the first time this year.

Hairdressers, barbers and beauticians will reopen when restrictions ease on Monday.

Click-and-collect retail can also return, along with appointment-only shopping in stores.

The inter-county travel ban will also be scrapped, but Junior Business Minister, Robert Troy, says caution is needed.

Minister Troy says adherence to public health advice is the best way to ensure this is the last re-opening.

People will be able to go to Mass on Monday for the first time since Christmas Day.

The attendance will be capped at 50 in most cases, but Fianna Fáil senator Eugene Murphy says that might be increased soon.

The recruitment and retention of staff's proving to be a "huge strain" on businesses ahead of next week's reopening, according to one Dublin employer.

Personal services are allowed return on Monday along with click and collect, while retail will fully reopen the following week.

Sam Donnelly, who owns 7 barber shops in the capital, says being closed for such a long period has created huge staffing challenges:

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