Penneys set to reopen Irish stores next week with social distancing measures in place
A mixed reaction to the news.
Following the announcement from the Irish Government that we're entering an accelerated Phase Two from Monday, fashion retailer Penneys will be reopening their stores with street access from Friday June 12th while stores located in shopping centres will open on June 15th.
Strict social distancing protocols will be in place across the stores and only a certain amount of people will be permitted to enter at a time. Shoppers can expect clear signage and floor decals, as well as dedicated employees and additional security staff, to guide them through the store in a way that limits contact with others.
The company have said that the health and safety of their staff as well as the general public is paramount.
The news quickly began trending on social media today with many expressing their delight that the fast fashion outlet will be back in business.
— Rob Cullen (@robcullen79) June 6, 2020
Despite this the news has been met with some disappointment online:
I see that #penneys is trending on Irish twitter (Primark for the rest of ye) because their shops won’t be reopening on Monday. I cannot say this enough, DO NOT rush back to buy cheap, fast fashion. If you have any conscience about how people and our planet are treated
— Amy Dillon (@AmerzAmy) June 5, 2020
Am I the only person who feels ill at the thought of #Penneys reopening? I kind of hoped the virus would force them to shut their doors or at least to alter their ways ?it makes me sad that so many small businesses have had to close but this fast fashion giant thrives still
— Maeve (@maevewinters2) June 6, 2020
"Phase Two Plus", which we're entering from Monday, permits people to travel anywhere within their own county, or up to 20km from their home, where necessary. The new measures will also permit groups of no more than six to meet up outside or inside, while maintaining distance. Under this phase, all shops will be permitted to open from next week should they be able to adhere to social distancing measures and stop people from congregating outside stores.
You can read more about the safety measures in place and the official statement from Penneys here.