With the second nationwide lockdown not performing as well as government and experts expected and the coronavirus numbers to remain at disgustingly high levels , there is concern about how and when the measures should be lifted and what everyday activities are. safe to open. The beginning is from next Monday with the seasonal shops , in view of the Christmas and New Year holidays , while the dates for the other activities are still under discussion.
As Sofia Fasoulaki broadcast on OPEN TV, within the next week the government is expected to announce its decisions for the gradual opening of the economy , ie which stores and services will take over after the seasonal stores. According to OPEN TV, bookstores, hairdressers, florists and retailers will take the baton . The most likely dates are December 11th and December 14th for retail, later the big stores . However, this market opening will be done with a lot of caution and restrictions , which will also be announced next week.
Adonis Georgiadis at ethnos.gr: “Toys and books follow”
The ethnos.gr contacted the Development and Investment Minister Adonis Georgiadis , who announced that after the seasonal shops line will get toys and books.
The planning according to the information so far from the government is the following:
- The seasonal stores open on Monday, December 7th . It is clarified that this concerns the 110 stores throughout Greece that sell purely Christmas items and open only this season. At the same time, from the same day, the sale of Christmas items from the supermarkets will be allowed, both to prevent unfair competition, and – and mainly – to reduce possible crowding phenomena and not to direct all consumers to 110 stores.
- On Friday, December 11th will open hair salons and beauty salons .
- Next Monday December 14 will open toy stores , the bookstores and – if nothing changes in programming – the small retail -related celebrations (gift shops, liquor stores and perhaps shops with clothing and footwear). The aim is to “cover” as a priority all those commercial activities that during the holidays make up to 30% – 40% of their annual turnover. All this provided that the epidemiological data will allow this opening.
- With the data so far, the malls seem to remain closed, although there is a proposal on the table to open on December 21, which, however, does not seem to gather much chance.
It goes without saying that the rule of distance of 2 meters and of course the use of a protective mask , which is obligatory both outdoors and indoors, will still apply to the entrance to the shops . The exit for the Christmas markets will be done by sending a text message to 13033 with the code 2.
In terms of opening hours, all the stores that will open will have opening hours -as officially announced- 7 in the morning with 8:30 in the evening in order to give the necessary time to return home to customers and employees as the traffic ban after 21: 00 will continue to apply.