That's according to Longford/Westmeath TD Robert Troy.
The government doesn't intend closing non-essential retail shops from St Stephen's Day, according to the Junior Business Minister.
The National Public Health Emergency Team made the recommendation yesterday, amid serious concern at the spread of Covid.
Restaurants and pubs will close this afternoon as part of new restrictions, and more measures are planned for the coming days.
But Minister of State for Business, Robert Troy, says all non-essential shops won't close on December 26th.