▷ Lower Saxony Trade Association: Complete Lockdown “Horror Show”


30.11.2021 – 01:00

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Lower Saxony Trade Association: Complete Lockdown “Horror Show”

Christmas business is weaker than in the first pandemic year – General Manager calls for regional corona measures before federal-state meetings

Osnabrück. The uncertainty of the dealers in Lower Saxony before the meeting of the executive Chancellor Angela Merkel, Olaf Scholz and the country chiefs this Tuesday (November 30th) is great. This is what Mark Alexander Krack, managing director of the Lower Saxony-Bremen trade association, told the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung” (NOZ). “The situation is a bit like a rabbit sitting in front of a queue,” said Krack, describing the mood of many traders. Because the concern that stricter corona measures could also apply to retail in the future is great.

The trade association manager assumes that the compulsory test, which will apply from the middle of the week in Lower Saxony, will also lead to a further decline in the number of shoppers in the city centers for vaccinated and convalescent people in restaurants and cultural institutions. He therefore expects a clear strategy from politicians as to how things should continue in the coming weeks: “Above all, a complete lockdown is a horror idea for retail in Lower Saxony.” Krack warned against closing the deal nationwide across the board. Instead, regional measures linked to the respective incidence and hospitalization rate would have to be taken. He also referred to the existing security concepts in retail: “Unlike in other indoor areas, customers have been wearing a mask for a good year and a half.”

The first weekend in Advent was already significantly worse for many business owners in the city centers in the middle-sized centers than in the first pandemic year 2020. “That gives us food for thought and does not give us hope for a good Christmas business,” said Krack with concern. How the Christmas business develops further depends largely on which measures are decided. “Obligatory tests and restrictions in the past year have shown that customers then stay away and prefer to order online. Something similar could threaten this year and further jeopardize the future of business in the city centers.”

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