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Greece bans sale of durable goods at supermarkets during lockdown

Supermarkets are prohibited from selling durable goods likes books, toys, clothing, footwear, electric and electronic equipment for as long as restrictions on normal retail activity are in place, the Development Ministry said on Tuesday and Minister Adonis Georgiadis signed the relevant ministerial decision.

The selling ban reportedly goes in force on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, and for as long as retail stores are closed and allowed to sell only online.

Speaking earlier on Skai TV, Georgiadis said the decision came in response to concerns of unfair competition voiced during a meeting over the weekend with representatives by the Hellenic Confederation of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ESEE).

Among other items, supermarkets are also banned from selling bed linen, carpets and household appliances like lighting fixtures or vacuum cleaners that are carried by specialized stores.

Here (in Greek) you can see the KAD numbers of items not allowed to be sold at supermarkets but also at mini-markets, bakeries, butchers, fish shops, pharmacies and car repair shops. Exceptions are for online sales.

The ministerial decision published in the official gazette on Tuesday, also stipulates that supermarkets will be open on Sunday,  15. November 2020, from 09:00 a.m. until 05:00 p.m.

Minister Georgiadis said also that the Prime Minister is considering a request by bookshop owners to be allowed to operate during the three-week lockdown.

He said that they argue that most of them are very small businesses that cannot afford delivery services but can control entry into their premises or can set up a system of sidewalk service. They have also stressed the important role of in keeping people engaged and entertained during the lockdown.

More on lockdown in Greece here.

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