Traders in Co Kildare have welcomed back customers and staff after the government gave the green light for them to reopen.
Business owners said they were still counting the cost of the restrictions imposed on the county following an increase in Covid-19 cases across the midlands in July and early August.
Only weeks after Kildare business reopened following the end of the national lockdown, they were forced to close their doors again on August 7 following an outbreak of Covid-19 cases associated with meat plants.
Health officials recommended to the government on Monday that restrictions in the county could be lifted, leaving many scrambling to ensure they were ready to reopen their doors yesterday.
It came as 217 new cases of the virus were confirmed
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