Baby shops should be prioritised as phased reopening nears

Dublin Fingal TD, Alan Farrell has said that baby shops should be allowed to reopen as soon as possible provided they can meet social distancing measures and other public health advice.

Deputy Farrell said, “Many couples across the country are eagerly awaiting the arrival of a new family member, this is always an immensely exciting time for parents, siblings, grandparents and friends. However, the current impact of Covid-19 has led to concern that access to the appropriate equipment may prove difficult.”

“First time parents that may not have baby items in the house from previous children, such as car seats, baby clothes, bedding and feeding equipment, are struggling to prepare for the arrival of their new-born.”

Deputy Farrell added, “I believe that if a shop selling essential equipment such as baby shops, should be allowed to open before other non-essential services, if they can arrange their operations and staffing requirements in accordance to the public health guidance from the Government”.

“This is yet another example of the far reaching impact Covid-19 has had on every aspect of our society and our individual lives. At this exciting time for expectant mothers and fathers, we can perhaps ease the stress of parents-to-be by fast-tracking the reopening of baby shops in an appropriate manner.”