Stores (commercial, supermarkets, etc.) will be open on the next two Sundays, May 16 and 23, in line with the ministry’s decision to lift the restrictions, published late last night, May 14.
In addition to working on these Sundays, grocery store opening hours have been extended from 07:00 to 22:30, allowing home delivery until 01:00. Store opening hours are also extended from 07:00 to 21:00. Hairdressers and nail salons are also open from 07:00 to 21:00 (including Sunday).
The shops’ operations on Sunday, May 16 and 23, according to sources in the Ministry of Development, are aimed at recovering losses incurred by trade due to restrictions during the pandemic.
Retail trade now works without an appointment, using a sanitary protocol, that is, one customer per 25 square meters, wearing a mask, self-diagnostics for employees, etc.
Businessmen expect the lifting of the restrictions will increase the number of people coming to their stores, which until yesterday remained limited despite off-season discounts. It is significant that in the first week after Easter, turnover in department stores and closed shopping centers decreased by 60–70%. The decline was smaller in regional markets, open-air shopping malls and outdoor areas.
This shows that the deterrent factor for consumers was not only shopping with the click away and click in shop methods, but, in general, the reluctance of the majority, especially those who did not receive vaccination, to be in the same place with strangers, potential asymptomatic carriers of the virus.