The federal and state governments tried to “hide the failures in the state vaccination campaign on the back of the trade”, said the HDE managing director Stefan Genth on Thursday in Berlin. The affected dealers were now threatened with massive drops in sales. Shops with daily needs, such as supermarkets, are exempt from the tightening. At 2G only vaccinated and convalescent have access.
“It is incomprehensible that the politicians are now introducing 2G in retail despite functioning hygiene concepts and the mask requirement. This means that many retail companies are massively restricted in their periods with the highest turnover for purely symbolic reasons,” said Genth. Many affected shops are threatened with significant sales losses of up to 50 percent as a result of the new regulation. The queues in front of the controls at the shop doors would put off many customers. Genth warned that a significant proportion of sales should shift to the online area.
The HDE therefore called for an increase in aid for the affected dealers. “The federal government must now consistently absorb the impending losses at many stationary retailers. The previous fixed-cost subsidies are nowhere near enough,” said Genth. (dpa / rs)