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Lidl and Aldi to stop selling non-essential items

Lidl and Aldi to stop selling non-essential items

29/10/2020 00:19:00

Lidl and Aldi to stop selling non-essential items

According to the Level 5 restrictions, “retailers with mixed retail offering which have discrete spaces for essential and non-essential retail should ...

Shoppers pictured at Aldi Parnell Street Dublin last week. Picture:Stephen Collins/ Photos DublinWed, 28 Oct, 2020 - 21:12Ryan O'Rourke and Steve NevilleDiscount supermarket chains Lidl and Aldi have said that they are to stop selling non-essential items while the country is under Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions.

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The move comes as shoppers and retailers have been left as confused as stores after a garda crackdown on 'non-essential' retail items last weekend.Aldi said in a statement that the Specialbuy promotions were going to be suspended.They said: “In line with Government guidance, we have decided to postpone all non-essential product Specialbuy promotions.

“One-off Specialbuy offers on essential products will continue to be placed on sale each Thursday and Sunday.“Thank you for your cooperation and patience during these challenging times.”Similarly, Lidl has said that they will not be selling any items that are non-essential.

These items include things like Christmas decorations and toys.In a lengthy statement, Lidl said: “Since the Government’s announcement outlining the new Level 5 restrictions, we have taken a number of steps to ensure we are fully compliant with the new regulations.

Read MoreÁine Kenny: Who decides what is 'essential'?“We immediately cancelled the advertisement of all non-essential items and removed these items from our website.“Unfortunately some of these items will still appear in our weekly leaflet, which has been printed a number of weeks in advance and we apologise to customers who are left disappointed by this.

“We will not be putting on sale any items that are deemed non-essential – e.g. Christmas decorations, casual clothing and toys.“We are also in the process of removing from sale any residual stock of previous non-essential promotions."Someone shopping in Linl in Glasnevin Dublin. File picture: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Lidl said they"will continue to sell items that are classed as essential" such as items for upkeep of residence and businesses, safety clothing, repair and maintenance of cars and bikes in their middle aisles.The supermarket said it hoped to “any cancelled items on sale at a later date, in line with restrictions being lifted and customers can keep up to date through our social media channels and website”.

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New regulationsUnder the new regulations introduced on October 22, people can go to an essential retail outlet to buy items including food, beverages, fuel, medicinal products, essential items for the health and welfare of animals, or supplies for the essential upkeep of the home.

According to the Level 5 restrictions, “retailers with mixed retail offering which have discrete spaces for essential and non-essential retail should make arrangements for the separation of relevant areas”.However, the new regulations do not specify whether clothing is essential.

Among the items that shoppers have been told they can not buy are baby grows, underwear, and winter gloves.Isabel Keane was trying to buy a baby grow at Dunnes in Carrigaline, Co Cork when she saw that all of the clothes were sectioned off. Ms Keane, who is pregnant, described her frustration at the change in practice.

“It’s frustrating really, to be honest. I'm due in February, so I was hoping to pick up a few bits along the way. I understand that you can buy things online. But it's different with newborn baby stuff. You're going to want to get a feel for clothes.”

Read MoreCovid-19: Nphet would not advise closure of schools after mid-term breakSocial media has been abuzz with confused shoppers.Sandra O'Meara, from Cork, tweeted:"Are shoes, socks, underwear, baby clothes not deemed essential? I can get a coffee in Costa, I can drive through McDonalds but I can't buy shoes because they aren't essential.

I have a question are shoes, socks, underwear, baby clothes not deemed essential? I can get a coffee in Costa, I can drive through McDonald's but I can't buy shoes because they aren't essential. But yet in Dunnes this morning I could buy candles, a bedside locker, even a

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— Sandra O'Meara (@meara_sandra)October 25, 2020“But yet in Dunnes this morning I could buy candles, a bedside locker, even a Christmas tree but not socks, or shoes or underwear. I really need the logic here explained to me. But I can order any of it online and collect it in-store. I'm very confused,” she tweeted

A spokesperson for Retail Excellence, the largest retail body in Ireland, confirmed that the lack of a definitive list is “adding to confusion”, while a garda spokesperson said gardaí are carrying out inspections on businesses and services, and will continue to"engage, explain, and encourage" with enforcement coming as a last resort.

A spokesperson for Tesco Ireland confirmed they stopped selling most clothes along with other items.They said: “We’re adhering to Government guidelines and have closed our F&F clothing and home entertainment units across the country. We will continue to offer a very limited range of essential clothing items only for customers for example, schoolwear and some baby clothing.”

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What if urgently need a mig welder or diving boots though.xx 🤣 Is alcohol still being sold? I bet it is If you're in the store picking up bread and milk, what difference is it to add a pair of socks? The point is to stay home as much as possible not what you put in your shopping basket when you do get to the store

But look at them. What about me. Yes it's all a big inconvenience, we get it. For those too stupid to understand, clothes shops have been closed. That doesn't give supermarkets the go-ahead to sell clothes. They are open to sell food & household items. Confused shoppers! 🙄 Actually in a comedy movie now. This is hilarious 🤣

fair enough. that makes complete logical sense and is entirely empirically warranted And the airport is open Whiny little babys, if I can't sell then you can't sell Preparing you for the future people. This is all programming. The government is going too far, it's absolutely ridiculous 😡🤬 Good. As much as I love a George Foreman grill for half price , I'd rather not contract Covid from my fellow bargain hunters .

If it gets really warm you wont need them That question will be answered as soon as naked protesters March on Leinster House 🙄 Where in law is an item deemed essential or non essential? Isn't this typical. The government is attempting to micromanage what is essential and what isn't They should stop selling food as well. 6 weeks is perfect to lose weight before Christmas, takes the hassle away running to Aldi or Lidl for yoga mats and dumbbells when January special buys come in

A joke😂😂. Are we now living in a dictatorship world. I’m sure people are seeing how ridiculous all this is becoming. Walk in bollix naked into aldi and ill bet they'll think clothes are essential I'm up here trippin' because I thought Aldi's were only in the US..😲 This is utter nonsense. If your just born or a growing child clothes tend to be an essential thing

The Communist Authorities Will Tell Their Compliant Little Citizens... What They Can/Cant Buy... We are not capable of making such decisions ourselves.. You can work away using the same trolley people have handled, thrown their used mask into and sneezed on all day though, just dont go near those special offers.

Gonna have to order a leaf blower online now😩 But they don't sell anything else. Now where will I go to buy a dragon fruit and a kangohammer? Amazon must be buzzing. Tubas better be essential Ah ffs. So I'm not allowed look at the crap aisle in Lidl either.. My 5 year old has picked out some of his parents for Christmas from the LIdl and Aldi Catalogues. 😢

jokekoky - no more dropping in for milk and leaving with a full set of screwdrivers, a wetsuit and no milk. Can’t buy a Pair of Boxers or a Pair of Socks but I can buy a Slab of Cans and a Bottle of Vodka Somejoke Tell me please, why could I purchase pyjamas in Dunnes today but not jogging bottoms? A child's dress but not a woman's dress? Pray Lord tell me where you get your virus-avoiding logic from and why was this not imposed in lockdown no1? Is it cos you don't know arse from elbow?

That should be easy. Just lock the front door. Is alcohol essential Great. Where else are people supposed to buy weed burners, pop riveters and cat pyjamas? This is SO UNFAIR. 😭 You see, when 'they' start ''giving back'' all they're taking away, we'll be grateful little minions. Great way to keep losing the publics support though all the same! CMOIreland

Ah cop on Ah here. So you can’t buy socks, or boots, or winter coats or hats anywhere for your kids that have grown out of last years clothes because they are non essential! What a load of b****x! Clothes are essential !!!! This is just getting ridiculous now! When will you clowns catch on your been played for fools...

What's essential to one person (other than the basic human necessities) might not be essential to another; but essential it may be!!! Take that Covid!! Now we won’t catch the virus from buying wellies or power tools! Hah? 🤨 Well done LeoVaradkar you dope 🤣🤣 They are stopping because it’s unfair for the shops that had to close it’s nothing to do with reptilian shapeshifting overlords from another dimension that secretly control the leaders of earth 😂

Ffs MichaelC_RTE Take that covid 19 , your finished now endthelockdown Mr Price laughing all the way to the bank with lengthy queues as in first lockdown. So stupid. What’s essential and what’s not? Is it not a decision for an individual to make ? Arse. Pick up lamp, get Covid? Butter no?! Bollocks. Unlike NEPHETs advice on level 5 our government clearly Didn't 'think this one through' !

WHYY WORLD WHYYY Who the hell has the right to tell people what is essential 🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬 Utterly ridiculous. But where will I go to get a trouser press and carrots? Where is the line between 'essential' and 'non essential' on a retailer/grocery that is open? I heard a man in Dunnes ask could he buy underwear for his wife who just had a baby EssentialItems COVID19

Complete joke Good to see everyone is focussed on the important issues The Vacuum Sealer dream is dead Citizens are becoming more and more like slaves. When cashlessness is implemented, The government has the ability to control what you are only allowed to buy. What has that got to do with a virus Open your eyes people and look around at what’s really happening Time to wise up

thebarryhorns Bang goes the toe nail clippers for giraffes Give them an inch and they take a mile ... so now the dail dopes ,in their fancy suits, deciede we the voters are to be deprived of buying clothes, which they say are not essential itims , how dare they ,go back to your caves in the dail and hide

What? The only reason I go in there is to buy shit I’ll never need!!!😭😭😭 Don't buy that set of low-quality screwdrivers. You might DIE. Might be safe for me to shop there now. Went up last week for milk, ended up with a torque wrench, a flashlight, a multimeter and a saw. Forgot the milk 🙄 This will surely defeat Covid now. Thank you St Tony.

Lidl Ireland issue important Christmas update as many products 'cancelled' Retail ers are only allowed to sell essential items under Level Five restrictions theskibeagle This is pure pandering to a bunch of fools. And taking an utterly stupid policy from Wales. Absolutely disgraceful

Dunnes, Tesco and Aldi give update on what they can't sell anymore'If you are a mixed retailer, and there are a lot of mixed retailers out there, you should separate your stock and only sell the items that are essential'

Lidl Ireland issue important Christmas update as many products 'cancelled' Retail ers are only allowed to sell essential items under Level Five restrictions theskibeagle This is pure pandering to a bunch of fools. And taking an utterly stupid policy from Wales. Absolutely disgraceful

Dunnes, Tesco and Aldi give update on what they can't sell anymore'If you are a mixed retailer, and there are a lot of mixed retailers out there, you should separate your stock and only sell the items that are essential'

Shoppers confused over whether clothes are essential or notAccording to the Level 5 restrictions, “retailers with mixed retail offering which have discrete spaces for essential and non-essential retail should ... I don't think it's the shoppers who are confused on this issue. Stand out in the cold naked for an hour and see if that helps determine if clothes are essential 🤣 Are chocolates, sweets, crisps, wine, beer and Halloween costumes ‘essential items’ ? What about non-stick pans, half price bath mats, socket sets, leaf blowers and kids toys?... or electric toothbrushes, garden rakes, biscuits and ice cream 🧐

Large retailers modify stores and block off non-essential productsLarge retailers across the State modify stores and block off non-essential products Nothing but fear mongering It's absolutely ridiculous. I have teo kids under four. If either have a growth spurt I can't buy new clothes for them. But I can buy a bottle of whiskey no problem Why.