Sligo began its slow journey back to work on Monday with the opening of many construction sites and workplaces including electrical and hardware stores. Leisure activities also resumed with tennis and golf venues reopening for the first time since the Covid-19 lockdown began in mid March.
The 'new normal' meant shoppers, who were advised they must only shop for essentials, had to queue to get into stores which opened at 9am.
Trade was said to be brisk in many of the outlets while there was a steady flow of golfers taking to the courses throughout the day. Significant road projects on the N4, N15, Western Distributor route as well as the O'Connell Street enhancement works in Sligo also saw workers returning with the emphasis on social distancing becoming a new fact of life for workers.