Retailers ask to re-open stores in Latvia

Several business organizations have sent a letter to the Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš and responsible ministries with a request to allow "safe" trade to be resumed in Latvia, according to a statement by these organizations.

The letter was sent by Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LTRK), Latvian Employers' Confederation (LDDK), Latvian Advertising Association (LRA) and retail companies.

LTRK Board Chairman Jānis Endziņš said in an interview on Latvian Television January 22 that the industry had the task of consolidating its views in order to come to the concept of safe retail.

Retail locations must ensure conditions that no crowding is possible, namely a specific area of square meters per person, and the rules must be enforceable and controlled.

This arrangement is in line with the police, who monitor compliance with security measures in the country as a whole.

According to Endziņš, the whole trading sector “is plagued” – lists of what goods can be sold or not place an additional burden on entrepreneurs. Part of the stores are open, part is closed, said Endziņš, adding that “it is better to work with different restrictions than not to work at all”. The head of LTRK said he doesn't think retail is “the main place we spread the virus. No data has indicated it”.

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