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Reduced gauge, extended hours on Sundays … How will the reopening of the shops go?

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The businesses are waiting firmly to know when and especially how they can reopen for those who have been forced to lower the curtain because of the confinement. Received this Friday, traders were informed of the new protocol to be put in place.

So-called “non-essential” traders know more about the reopening of their establishments. The traders were received this Friday by Bruno Le Maire, Minister of the Economy, Olivier Véran, Minister of Health, Elisabeth Borne for Work and Alain Griset for SMEs.

A new protocol is imposed so that this resumption of activities can be done in complete safety. It will apply to all businesses during the deconfinement, including those that remained open during the reconfinement.

This new version of the health protocol will be sent before Monday to the High Council for Public Health which will have to validate it.

  • The number of customers divided by two

According to franceinfo, businesses will have to halve the number of people in the store. Before the reconfinement, the gauge was set at 4 m2 per customer, now 8 m2 are required per customer in a store, including in hypermarkets. It’s easy to imagine the long queues in front of the stores, even more so with the Christmas holidays.

Shops will also be encouraged to display the request to customers to download the TousAntiCovid application.

  • Mandatory hydroalcoholic gel

Each store will be required to provide hydroalcoholic gel at the entrance. Where possible, clients may be greeted by appointment only. A measure that will not be mandatory, the choice will be left to the merchant.

  • Reopening possible on November 28

The President of the Republic is in charge of announcing the date of reopening of these establishments next week. The precise date has not yet been communicated. Many non-essential traders are hoping for a reopening on November 27 or 28, while Bruno Le Maire has asked e-commerce giants to move the date of the famous Black Friday or “black Friday”.

  • Extended hours on Sunday

In exchange for the restrictions, they could open on Sundays and with extended hours, in December or even in January, to overcome the limitation of the maximum number of customers in the store. However, these modifications will have to be validated with the trade unions.

This new protocol, which would apply as soon as stores and activities reopen, is designed to last, for several months if necessary. “It’s rather a good thing, it will prevent us from seeing the rules change every week”, reacts a representative of a professional organization to our colleagues at Figaro.

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