Spain allows shops to start their SALES campaign today
Spain is to be hit by SALES fever tomorrow after the government finally gave the go-ahead but shops have been warned: “Avoid creating CROWDS!”
The annual sales campaign is always a massive
part of the Spanish economy and becomes even more so since businesses have been
unable to open since the State of Emergency was declared on March 14th.
However, there has been criticism of “unclear advice” from the
government with the Ministry of Commerce saying the sales could go-ahead on May
18th as part of the de-escalation plan, but the health department saying they
couldn’t because of the health risk.
Now, the government has published an order
which confirms the sales CAN start on Monday in all regions of the country.
Appointments won’t be necessary and it doesn’t matter what phase of the
de-escalation phase they are in. This allows the inclusion of Madrid and
Barcelona which are not yet fully in phase one.
However, the Ministry of Health has expressly
banned any hint of a crowd and sales the shops would need to close their doors
immediately if the number of customers got out of control.
They say there will still have to be limits in
the shops, social distancing measures and stewards on the door to allow only a
few people in at a time.
Massive bargains of up to 80 per cent are
being anticipated and if queues form outside the doors, they too will be two
metres apart. A priority one hour period will have to be allocated for shoppers
over the age of 65.
Business organisations had lodged strong
protests at the first ruling, saying they had two months of accumulated stock
to get rid of and desperately needed the income.