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Ireland is at now Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions. 

At Level 5, the public health risk means that you will be asked to stay at home, with certain exceptions. There will be no gatherings other than small numbers at funerals and weddings.

Coronavirus has hit our country and Bray extremely hard. Businesses are doing their best to adjust to the new reality of living alongside the threat of Covid-19. 

Businesses in the town are resilient and have been innovating new ways to trade for instance offering a new online shopping experience, click/collect or delivery services in order to survive and protect local jobs.

A Bray Reopening Committee was established by Wicklow County Council. The committee consists of members of Bray Chamber of Commerce, the Health Service Executive and An Garda Síochána. It was a collaborative approach – one voice / one strategy and since late March it has helped deal with the social and economic impacts of coronavirus throughout the district. 

Several joint initiatives have been implemented across the town to help drive a message of ‘Unity in the community’ – from a wellbeing campaign to helping connect local businesses with customers, share some practical hints, tips, supports and links to help our town and community bounce back. 

Now more than ever we are encouraging our community to continue to shop, buy, hire and source local first.

Our Covid-19 info hubs aim is to help connect local businesses with customers, share supports & links to help our town bounce back:

  1. COVID-19 updates
  2. Shop Local First
  3. Businesses information hub

Read more about how we’re working collaboratively to drive a message of unity in the community here.

Christmas in Bray 2020

Bray Chamber, Bray.ie and the Bray Municipal District Council have announced the transformation of the traditional Christmas Light Switch-On into a free live-streamed event for 2020, as part of the Christmas In Bray festivities.

Bray’s Virtual Christmas Lights Switch-On 2020 took place online via this page on Saturday, November 21st 2020 from 5:00 pm. The event was hosted by local Bray comedian Adam Burke, it was streamed live from the Bray Town Hall and featured music performances, a very special guest dialling in directly from the North Pole and lots more fun and surprises.

Throughout the festive season, there’s an array of events and activities to keep all the family entertained. They include:

  1. Bray’s Virtual Christmas Lights Switch-On 2020 – Watch it back here.
  2. Christmas Projections on the Town Hall and Civic offices… watch iconic buildings shine bright with a Christmas theme projections
  3. *Santa’s Post Box – children wanting to send letters to Father Christmas can do so at the Bray Town Hall until Friday, December 11th 2020
  4. Christmas Make & Do Virtual Workshops will include learning how to make a gingerbread man, festive cocktails and mocktails made easy and learning how to kick-start your Christmas dinner with an easy-but-impressive starter
  5. Christmas stories for kids online with thanks to the Bray Library service
  6. Colour #ChristmasInBray competition
  7. Christmas giveaways including ‘*Find the Bray.ie Elf’ and a virtual festive quiz
  8. Top 10 Christmas Gifts list – Get in the festive shopping spirit with spectacular gifts available from local retailers
  9. Top 80 #ChristmasInBray Spotify playlist – This playlist is sure to get you in a festive mood!

Read more about the Virtual Christmas Lights Switch-On and all the other exciting Christmas In Bray events/activities for 2020 here.

Shop Local First

Now more than ever we are encouraging our community to continue to shop, buy, hire and source local first.

You can help by shopping local first so why not think about:

  1. Shop locally safely
  2. Buying gift cards for future use
  3. Order take away from a local restaurant
  4. Prepaying for future appointments in the services sector like a barber, hair or beauty salon
  5. Buy a product or service from a local retailer or service provider online

Why not check out our comprehensive local business listings which is showcasing businesses who are currently trading through COVID-19 Level 5 restrictions in accordance with government guidelines here.

Local Bray businesses can submit a listing for free here.

Bray Endeavour Awards 2020 Winners announced

On Wednesday, October 21st Bray and District Chamber of Commerce presented the Bray Endeavour Awards 2020 virtually.

Congratulations to all the worthy winners:

  1. 100 Years of Tansey & Co
  2. 50 Years of Brennanstown Riding School
  3. Large Business: Ventilux
  4. Small Business: AB Print
  5. Customer Service: Edward Gray, Supervalu
  6. Retail: Fleurtique
  7. Online: Linzyo
  8. Hospitality – Restaurant: Pink Salt
  9. Hospitality – Coffee Shop: Catalyst
  10. Emerging Business: Glovers
  11. Social Media: Dee Dooley (BraysBarbie)
  12. Young Achievers: Woodbrook College, PE Expo
  13. Young Achievers: North Wicklow Educate Together Secondary School, SCAN Students

A big shout out to the Endeavours Committee who deserve an award themselves for pulling off this fantastic virtual event. Great work guys!

Head over to their Facebook Page to see how they recognised and celebrated Bray’s unsung heroes.