After it was known on Tuesday that an order published in the BOE prohibited commercial actions in the stores that were opening to the public to avoid the lack of social distance, the Ministry of Commerce clarified this Wednesday that what are prohibited are these agglomerations, but not the possibility of making sales and promotions in physical establishments. However, the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, amended this statement by Reyes Maroto’s cabinet and assured at a press conference that “sales are not allowed” because they generate crowds that must be avoided at all costs.
The textile trade association, Acotex, asked the Ministry of Commerce to detail what the BOE provision consisted of and, according to its indications, the shops could establish discounts as long as measures can be taken to prevent customers from not respecting the two-meter distance .
The textile sector considers that the measure is contradictory because the norm referring to phase 1 of the de-escalation already establishes a safety distance between clients, in addition to a maximum capacity of 30%. But Minister Illa made it clear: “The sales will be prohibited due to the possibility of crowds, but not in online business . ”
On the part of the large stores (Anged), they criticize the measure for considering that it generates “more uncertainty” in the sector and recall that the reopening of shops in Spain is already slower than in the rest of Europe. The association, which includes companies such as El Corte Inglés or Ikea, recalls that they have not put “the slightest objection” to prevention and hygiene measures.
This same Wednesday it has also been known that more than half of retail stores (52.5%) have had to request a loan from the bank in the face of the coronavirus crisis. According to a survey carried out by the CEC (Spanish Confederation of Commerce), 34% of small entrepreneurs have been unable to negotiate the rental price of the premises because they are the owners themselves or have a mortgage loan. And 27% affirm that they have not been able to reach an agreement on this and have continued to pay the costs in full.