Tralee store owner Louis Byrne says retailers everywhere are scrambling to cope with rapidly changing shopping patterns in their stores.
Mr Byrne, who operates two Spar stores and one petrol station in Caherslee and Oakpark in Tralee, says they initially experienced a period of ‘panic buying’ that put pressure on the stores to restock shelves in time.
This was followed by restrictions which were imposed to ensure that both stores could continue operating as normal.
Then, as people adjusted to the new HSE guidelines on social distancing, stores experienced a drop in sales.
SOLAS, the further education and training authority, is making its eCollege online learning service available free of charge as a support to Kerry learners who have been impacted by the current containment measures.
The eCollege online platform is the national online learning service for the further education and training sector, and provides online courses including computer programming, data science, office productivity, and web and graphic design.
Commenting on the announcement, CEO of SOLAS Andrew Brownlee said: “As we navigate our way through this national and global crisis, we have decided to open up our eCollege offering to the public, free of charge. This measure is designed to benefit those already doing a FET course who would like to augment their learning and those who have recently become unemployed or had their hours reduced and who wish to upskill and reskill in digital skills.