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On weekends, people will not be able to shop in the convenience stores operating in supermarkets without a Covid-19 certificate, thus creating stricter restrictions for retailers than during the curfew.

The Latvian Traders’ Association (LTA) makes this conclusion when evaluating the amendments to the order declaring a state of emergency approved at the Cabinet meeting on November 9, providing for epidemiological safety requirements from November 15, when the pre-determined strict sitting period will end.

From 15 November, it is expected that all services will be provided only in an epidemiologically safe environment, with the exception of essential services, which can also be provided to persons without vaccination or disease certificates. Also, in addition to vaccination or disease certificates, it will be possible to visit shops selling basic necessities and the area of ​​which does not exceed 1,500 m2, the rest of the point of sale will be provided only in an epidemiologically safe manner.

“The number of convenience stores available to the unvaccinated has been significantly reduced by almost half and they will not be able to shop in book, flower and electronic goods stores either. All stores are allowed to work in the “green” mode in Latvia only on weekdays. Not to mention Estonia, where the restrictions are only m2, “explains LTA President Henrik Danusevic.

The association will continue discussions with the Ministry of Health to reduce the number of square meters allowed per buyer from the current 25 m2 to 15 m2. The Latvian Traders’ Association proposes to increase the amount of support for smaller industrial companies affected by the Covid-19 crisis, whose average monthly turnover according to 2020 data is up to 20,000 euros. LTA considers that the amount of aid should be 90% of the company’s gross wage tax paid in July, August and September 2021, with a minimum of 75% of the company’s decline and a maximum of 100% of the company’s decline. This group of companies, LTA, has previously drawn the attention of the Ministry of Economics to the disproportionately small losses compared to Covid-19 during the crisis and the amount of aid.

For other companies, the amount of aid to LTA should be 60% of the company’s gross wage tax paid in July, August and September 2021, with a minimum of 50% of the company’s decline and a maximum of 75% of the company’s decline.

It has already been reported that from November 15 until the end of the emergency on January 11 next year, only essential stores will continue to operate in “unsafe mode” or without the presentation of Covid-19 certificates, the government decided on Tuesday.

In addition to Covid-19 certificates, indoor sales services will be available if the total public area of ​​the visitors does not exceed 1,500 square meters and if there is a separate entrance, grocery stores, medical goods stores, optical stores, animal feed stores, press outlets, hygiene goods stores.

At these points of sale, with the exception of pharmacies, the maximum number of visitors must be such as to provide at least 25 square meters of public indoor space per visitor. On the other hand, pharmacies that vaccinate against Covid-19 or issue test certificates require one person to provide at least 15 square meters of public space.

Also, in an epidemiologically unsafe environment or “red” security regime, there will be ticket offices at petrol stations, bus stations and railway stations, where tickets are sold only on domestic routes, as well as outdoor markets and street vendors, street vendors and shoppers. using face masks during trade in places and on the open market.

Conversely, in the “green” mode or with a Covid-19 certificate, sales services can be provided at any point of sale indoors, with a maximum number of visitors of at least 15 square meters of public indoor space per visitor, as well as using the mouth and nose. covers.

Also, only with certificates from November 15, customers will be able to be served in telecommunication goods stores and bookstores, which are available to everyone during the “curfew”.

The total number of shopping items provided at all points of sale, including baskets, carts or shopping bags provided by the trader, shall not exceed the maximum number of visitors allowed at the point of sale. If the means of shopping are made available to visitors at the point of sale, being present at the point of sale without the above-mentioned means of shopping is prohibited.

The opening hours of sales and service outlets are set from 6 am to 9 pm, except for convenience stores, which may operate without opening hours restrictions.

The organization of street sales, such as fairs, Christmas markets and similar trade events, is also prohibited throughout the emergency.

On weekends and public holidays, the provision of trade services in shopping centers with an area of ​​more than 1,500 square meters and at least five outlets is prohibited, with the exception of the above-mentioned outlets and outlets. At the same time, shopping centers on weekends and public holidays will also be allowed to operate service points and sales outlets that have a separate entrance and ensure the separation of the flow of visitors from the common areas of the shopping center.

At the same time, the indoor distribution of goods purchased remotely at outlets operating in an epidemiologically safe environment should be organized with a separate flow of visitors from the services provided in an epidemiologically safe environment and with a separate entrance, or by handing out goods outdoors.

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