Huge queues pictured outside Smyths toy stores as panicked parents fear closures

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Huge queues have been pictured outside Smyths stores across the country as panicked parents rush to stores fearing the stores will be closed before Christmas.According to the guidelines proposed for level 5, only essential outlets like supermarkets and pharmacies can remain open.

The country is currently awaiting a government announcement, expected around 8 p.m. this evening, indicating whether we will be plunged into Level 5 lockdown restrictions as per NPHET’s recommendation.



Credit: Tony Byrne

Queues pictured outside Smyths in Carrickmines, Dublin show a long line of parents waiting to enter the store or pick up their order. Tony Byrne photographed the queue around 1 p.m. Monday afternoon.

Other similar queues were photos outside Smyths on Kinsale Road in Cork, with people lining up for the click and collection and in-store purchases.

The Christmas shopping panic was sparked by the expected government announcement and a possible Level 5 lockdown.

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Speaking to Brian Dobson on News at One on RTE Radio 1, the national broadcaster’s political correspondent confirmed that the cabinet will meet today to discuss the NPHET recommendation around 5:30 p.m. / 6 p.m.

Following this meeting, a national announcement should be made this evening around 7 or 8 p.m.

Meanwhile, government regulations for Level 5 restrictions were updated on its website for the first time since September 23, according to the Irish Mirror.

Under the new Level 5 guidelines, keeping schools open would be based on “recommendations based on both situation and evidence”.

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