The Association of Farm and Forestry Contractors in Ireland (FCI) issued a statement on Saturday listing what essential businesses can continue to operate - but only in an emergency callout and delivery service capacity. This comes after Friday night’s announcement from the Government on increased restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The statement issued by the FCI said: “It is recognised that there may be emergency needs arising in a number of areas. The following retailers who can offer an emergency callout or delivery service can continue to operate on that basis only:”

  • Retailers involved in the repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles and bicycle repair and related facilities (tyre sales and repairs).
  • Hardware stores, builders' merchants and stores that provide hardware products necessary for home and business maintenance, sanitation and farm equipment, supplies and tools essential for gardening, farming and agriculture.
  • Retail sale of office products and services for individuals working from home and for businesses.
  • Retailers providing electrical, IT and phone sales, repair and maintenance services for home.
  • The statement was issued to provide clarity to the many busy farmers and contractors around the country in the midst of the current dry spell as work continues. It is believed that machinery dealers/part suppliers are included in this for the supply of parts and repair in emergency circumstances.

    This came after an earlier statement from the FCI noting that farm contractors can continue work on farms without restrictions but HSE advice on personal safety should be followed.