Bulletin of Industry
The announcement by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon that garden centers and homeware stores will be excluded from the list of primary distributors has come under fire from retail representatives.
It means that from Boxing Day, garden centers and homeware stores will have to close.
At the end of May, garden centers were allowed to reopen, becoming the first retail sub-sector to be allowed to reopen following the implementation of the national closure at the end of March.
Stores have “taken all possible steps to keep customers and staff as safe as possible.” the Scottish Retail Consortium said.
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It claimed that papers by SAGE public health experts and their Welsh colleagues, the Technical Advisory Board, stated that shutting down the stores would have a “very minimal impact” on R levels and minimize virus transmission.
“We acknowledge that the situation with the pandemic is rapidly moving and we are behind efforts to get the virus under control, but this is further disappointing and discouraging news for the retail sector of Scotland,” said David Lonsdale, director of the Scottish Retail Consortium.
We completely understand that with this decision, the government needs to persuade people to stay at home, but it is disappointing because the evidence shows that closing stores would have a marginal effect on the spread of the virus, and this is after retailers have proven that they can function safely in the current climate and have invested heavily to make stores safe for customers and workers.
“It’s doubly frustrating to learn of further changes to the Covid framework, and on such short notice, when retailers have been advocating for months for more transparency about potential next steps and a more consistent approach.”
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