Bookselling Ireland has called for bookshops to be classed as 'essential retail' and be allowed to open, or offer click and collect services. The organisation said that the survival of the bookselling sector in Ireland is very much at risk, and the loss of bookshops would be devastating for individuals and local communities.

Bookselling Ireland has written to the Taoiseach highlighting what it terms inconsistencies within the current definitions of essential retail, with essential retailers that sell books being allowed to remain open while booksellers themselves have been forced to shut.

Bookshops in Ireland directly employ over 4,000 people and support other jobs in the supply chain, and a recent report noted that the sector is estimated to pay a wage bill of E35.9 million, all of which could be under threat.