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Eager customers queued outside re-opened garden centres and DIY shops after two months of closure due to Covid-19 pandemic

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The queue outside Woodie’s in Wexford on Monday morning

The queue outside Woodie’s in Wexford on Monday morning

Mary and Nicky Kehoe from Wexford at Drinagh Garden Centre

Mary and Nicky Kehoe from Wexford at Drinagh Garden Centre

Fergal and Marlyn Keegan from Taghmon at Drinagh Garden Centre

Fergal and Marlyn Keegan from Taghmon at Drinagh Garden Centre

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The queue outside Woodie’s in Wexford on Monday morning

A level of activity not seen since mid-March, was witnessed in Wexford on Monday as the country began the phased process of re-opening, with selected businesses allowed to trade for the first time in two months.

People wasted no time in flocking to garden centres, DIY stores and hardware shops with queues forming from early morning and outlets doing brisk business throughout the day.

At Woodies in the Wexford Retail Park in Clonard, the queue extended through the car park out to the main footpath as eager shoppers waited to buy home decorating and gardening products.