Traders expected in Bercy this Friday to organize their reopening

The federations of traders are expected in Bercy this Friday, November 20 for a meeting on the reopening of non-essential shops. On the table, the “reinforced health protocol” wanted by Prime Minister Jean Castex and which ” should be operational on Monday “, had declared the Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire on November 16.

Reopening of shops: what health measures are planned?

Among the measures that could be validated, the establishment of a reduced reception gauge as well as all the measures already put in place at the end of the first confinement: wearing of the compulsory mask, provision of hydroalcoholic gel, respect for distance … “The protocol put in place at the end of the first confinement was already very restrictive”, said Yohann Petiot, director general of the Alliance du Commerce, who called for “To start again from this base”.

Some professionals are also asking for the opening hours of shops to be extended, in order to“Spread the flows” of customers, Jacques Creyssel, delegate general of the Federation of Commerce and Distribution, told AFP. November 27, it will be either Christmas or bankruptcy for toy sellers (among others)

However, the date for the reopening of the stores has not yet been decided. It could be announced by Emmanuel Macron during his statement in the middle of next week.

As for the big promotional operation of “Black Friday”, which was to take place on November 27, it could be postponed. A major player in this big clearance sale, the internet giant Amazon spoke out on TF1 on Thursday November 19 for the postponement of the operation to December 4. The final decision could be made at this Friday’s meeting.

What about bars and restaurants?

Other questions still have to be decided by the executive: what about bars and restaurants? To what extent allow travel and family reunions at Christmas? Should the limit of one hour and one kilometer be maintained? Continue to strongly advocate teleworking?

“The confinement is not over. It is not topical to deconfin the country ”, recalled on November 19 the Minister of Health Olivier Véran, at the conclusion of his weekly press conference. The “Virus circulates less quickly” But “The health load remains high”, he recalled, while Emmanuel Macron is due to announce next week the conditions for easing health restrictions.

Jean Castex: “It would be irresponsible to lighten the confinement at present”

With 15,807 new patients admitted to hospital over the last seven days (compared to approximately 20,000 between November 6 and 10), including 2,483 patients admitted to intensive care (compared to 3,000 at the height of the crisis), the pace number of arrivals at the hospital decreases slightly and allows to consider a relief for the caregivers. Since the start of the epidemic in March, 47,127 Covid-19 patients have died in hospitals or nursing homes, a record that continues to grow with more than 400 deaths per day in hospital.

The health and economic crisis is also causing concerns for the mental health of the population. The health agency Public Health France has reported an increase of 10 to 21% of depressive states between September and November.

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