The information prepared by the Ministry of Economics (EM) for traders shows that the operation of sales outlets on weekends and public holidays is limited, when only: pharmacies (including veterinary pharmacies) and shops where the following groups of goods may be sold may operate:
- foodstuffs (except alcohol),
- hygiene products,
Marketing of other product groups is prohibited. The holiday restriction also applies to street sales and sales in the open market area.
The restrictions on holidays specified in the Order shall not apply to the sale of goods by means of distance communication, as well as to the delivery of goods at the point of sale, if the goods have been purchased by means of distance communication.
Restrictions on trade on weekends and holidays will not apply to Internet trade, Didzis Brūklītis, Head of the Competition, Trade and Consumer Rights Division of the Internal Market Department of the Ministry of Economics (MoE), informed at a press conference on Thursday.
He stressed that during the emergency, internet sales will not be restricted on weekends and holidays.
Also, according to the representative of the MoE, on weekends and weekends it will be possible to buy on the Internet those goods that will be forbidden to buy at points of sale. As a result, alcohol and cigarettes will also be available online on weekends and public holidays.
Brūklītis also informed that the requirements for ensuring the operation of restaurants during an emergency situation will remain in force, namely, restaurants will not be able to serve customers in person, but will be able to provide food to customers.
What is included in hygiene products?
As already mentioned, in addition to food, it will be possible to buy hygiene products, but what exactly is included in hygiene products? The MoE has prepared a list based on the Combined Nomenclature provided for in the Commission Implementing Regulation:
- oral or dental hygiene preparations, including denture fixative pastes and powders; dental floss (waxed dental floss), in individual retail packages: toothpaste, dental floss, other;
- various types of soap and organic surfactants and preparations for use as soap;
- hygienic or pharmaceutical articles (including teats) of vulcanised rubber other than hard rubber, whether or not with accessories of hard rubber, including condoms;
- toilet paper;
- handkerchiefs, cosmetic wipes and towels;
- tablecloths and napkins;
- toothbrushes, shaving brushes, hair brushes, nail brushes, eyelash brushes, other brushes for body care, including brushes being parts of appliances;
- Travel sets for personal hygiene, sewing, cleaning clothes or shoes;
- Sanitary towels and tampons, napkins and napkin liners for babies and similar articles, of any material.
It has already been reported that the sale of alcohol in stores will be banned on weekends during the emergency, according to the amendments adopted by the government on Tuesday to the order declaring the emergency.
It follows from the government’s decision that on December 5, a requirement will come into force that only pharmacies, including veterinary pharmacies, and shops will be allowed to operate on weekends and holidays, where only basic necessities, which mean foodstuffs, hygiene goods and fuel, may be sold. .
Goods such as alcohol and cigarettes will not be allowed to be sold in shops on weekends and public holidays.
After the government meeting, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (JV) explained that the purpose of this norm is to restrict trade in goods that are not essential. “The basic idea is that Saturdays and Sundays are not shopping days, they are not days when we can afford to go to the store, meet friends,” said Kariņš.
It has already been reported that the state of emergency has been in force since 6 November.