Limerick City and County Council recognises that retailers may need to restrict entry into their premises to ensure social distancing. Where demand to enter a premises exceeds the safe capacity of the premises, there will be a requirement to queue on the public pavement. Retailers whose premises are giving rise to on-street queuing are asked to observe the following guidelines:
- In general, members of the public should queue on the inside of the footpath immediately outside the retail unit with the queue not extending beyond the frontage of the retail unit.
- Care should be taken by the retailer to ensure that appropriate social distancing is being observed in the on-street queue.
- Retailers can mark the pavement with removable stickers/decals to indicate the preferred location/direction of the queue and appropriate spacing, ensuring that such placement does not pose a hazard to the public.
- Queuing must not take place immediately outside the entrance to a premises or immediately outside a fire escape.
- Care should be exercised to ensure pavements are not blocked at any time and that the passage of pedestrians and in particular pedestrians with visual/mobility impairment is not impeded.Fixed or removable barriers are not to be used to control/manage on-street queues.
- Queues to different premises must not overlap.
- Where the available pavement space is insufficient to accommodate queuing demand, the retailer must take measures to prevent members of the public joining the queue.
- Retailers should consider operating on an appointment only basis, if possible, to assist the management of the City.
- Regard must be had to the need to maintain Fire Brigade access to the street at all times. (A minimum width of 3.5m is required for fire appliance access.)