Wednesday, January 26

Christmas shopping season begins with restrictions in Germany

As of this weekend they are applied for the first time in many federal states of Germany the new restrictions on access to non-essential products stores, so merchants fear their effects in the middle of the Christmas season.

The so-called “2G” rule for retail was approved jointly by the federal and state governments on Thursday, and implies that only those who have been vaccinated or have recovered from coronavirus (COVID-19). Commodity businesses such as supermarkets or pharmacies are excluded.

As each federated state must transfer the decisions in its own ordinances, the measure does not apply simultaneously in each of them. As of today it is valid in the retail stores of North Rhine-Westphalia and Baden-Württemberg, as well as Rhineland-Palatinate, Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein.

On Sunday and Monday other states will be added and there are some in which it was already in force previously. On Bavaria and Lower Saxony the regulations will begin to apply in the middle of next week.

The German Merchants Association (HDE) asked the Government for additional aid due to the new restrictions. The objective should be “to cushion the estimated losses as quickly and fairly as possible,” wrote HDE President Josef Sanktjohanser in a letter to acting Chancellor Angela Merkel and her foreseeable successor, Olaf Scholz.

“Already today, in the federated states that have introduced a ‘2G’ regulation for the retail sector, a loss of turnover of up to 35% in the affected businesses must be verified. In the retail trade of the city center, the influx of customers has decreased by almost 40% ”, laments Sanktjohanser in the letter, which DPA had access to.