Warm feelings that retailers and small businesses had about finally getting the economy reopened again are starting to turn decidedly cool.
Hairdressers and other businesses are only getting to reopen this week but there will be little real euphoria.
I walked around Dublin city centre last Saturday for the first time since mid-March. Admittedly it was a wet day, but the place had an eerie emptiness.
Shops were open but not only was there virtually nobody in them, there were only a handful of people on the streets as potential candidates to go in. They were all losing money last Saturday.
No tourists. No events. Few buses.
On a wider macro-level, many small businesses are realising fully how close to the brink many of them are.
The tourism and hospitality sector, working hard to prepare for reopening, knows only too well just how tough the road ahead is.
Coronavirus cases are on the rise in 29 US states. Leicester city in England prepares for a new lockdown. China is seeing its case load rise again.
Banks are tightening their lending criteria for mortgage applicants, which will consign many people to overpriced rents for years to come. Banks also want a government credit guarantee scheme in place quickly, because they know they cannot lend into the current SME market unassisted in absorbing risk.
So, everybody is looking for something. Only this time, they aren't just crying about looking for more. They really need help.
Against this backdrop we have a new Government, a new Cabinet and a newly configured set of departments.
The re-jigging of departments is designed more to facilitate personnel in an awkward three-party consensus than the best way to organise the machinery of government.
Public Expenditure and Reform is stripped out from Finance again. Why, other than to facilitate a rotating finance minister position?
Tourism, our largest indigenous employer, has been shunted away from an economic portfolio and in with Sport again.
The last time this happened, during the boom-era Fianna Fáil/Green coalition, tourism failed to get the attention it deserved. Tourism at this time, employing hundreds of thousands of people, needs enormous attention as an industry, not a pastime.
Community and Rural Development is in with Social Welfare, in what looks like another bizarre shunting at a time when rural Ireland faces fresh challenges from Brexit, a recession, a collapsed tourism industry and likely cutbacks in expenditure on key programmes.
A lot has been made of the absence of a full Cabinet minister for the entire province of Connacht, along with Clare and Donegal. This is a massive, albeit accidental snub to a huge portion of the population. It is an early blunder by the party leaders of the new Government.
Of course ministers should be chosen on talent and of course not every county can have a minister. However, this is a loss for a large swathe of the population which does share common challenges - such as infrastructure deficits, broadband, unique challenges around the collapse of tourism, and a tougher impact from a hard Brexit.
It is interesting that the city and county of Cork has 18 elected TDs and the entire province of Connacht has just 19.
It is patronising to suggest that this shortfall can be covered by junior ministers. It is ridiculous to think that junior ministers have any real power compared to Cabinet ministers running budgeted departments and sitting at the top table.
Among the three Government parties are 84 TDs to appease with a total of 35 ministerial jobs (20 juniors and 15 seniors). That is not far off one in two.
Yet no big job went west from Clare to Donegal.
The Programme for Government contains commitments to examine so much, but specific costed policies are thinner on the ground.
The first big challenge for the Government will be deciding whether to proceed with direct financial supports for SMEs.
SME groups believe that firms need a €15bn bailout, not €15bn of loans. The tourism sector alone believes it needs at least €1.5bn of direct supports, including €1bn in grants. If these are not found, many businesses will go to the wall.
This will have a direct impact on liquidations, bank defaults, jobs and a lack of corporate infrastructure to try to generate economic recovery.
The Government knows it could end up providing financial support to businesses which will go bust anyway.
Governments like to exaggerate their role in bringing about economic growth and job creation. The last Programme for Government had a huge emphasis on rebalancing urban/rural divides. This one is off to a shaky start.