Canada Reopening of stores: calmly, customers are there

23:30  28 november  2020
23:30  28 november  2020 Source:   europe1.fr

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Les commerces dits non-essentiels ont à nouveau eu le droit d’ouvrir leurs portes samedi matin. Une très bonne nouvelle pour les commerçants, à quatre semaines de Noël. Mais si les clients sont de retour, la fréquentation est loin d’un mois de décembre habituel. © PHILIPPE HUGUEN / AFP The so-called non-essential shops were once again allowed to open their doors on Saturday morning. Very good news for traders, four weeks before Christmas. But while customers are back, footfall is nowhere near the usual December.

The announcements by Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday evening were greeted by traders with great relief. On Saturday, at the 4 Temps shopping center in La Défense, one of the busiest in France, customers in a hurry found products available for direct sale. Among them, Gabriel, a young man tired of being confined to his home: "There are a lot of non-essential products that you need even a little bit, if only to take care of yourself at home. came to buy decorative items to feel good at home ", he tells Europe 1.

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 New sanitary protocol: traders fear queues in the cold The new rules that will apply in stores when they can reopen impose a reduced number of customers inside. Traders fear painful waiting times outside for their customers. © Provided by Franceinfo "Each time, new standards are imposed on us", regrets Esperanza, in her Zig et Puce store, filled with colorful toys but emptied of its customers, in the 15th arrondissement of Paris. The manager apprehends the imminent reopening of all the stores with a new protocol.

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A" zen and serene "opening

In a next door, a mother looks at Christmas toys with her daughter. And as soon as one customer leaves the store, another enters immediately. "Like any self-respecting trader, we know what the month of December represents . It is important to have been able to reopen in the most serene and zen way possible", explains Gérald, responsible for the trade.

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15% fewer customers

Indeed, traders must respect the rule of 8 square meters per customer. But according to Thibault Desmidt, director of the 4 Temps shopping center, this gauge does not prevent attendance: "We are very happy with the attendance since Saturday morning. There are people, but we manage to manage it. People are well disciplined and respect the distances in the queues. And we find a smile on the faces of our traders, "he adds.

However, there were 15% fewer customers compared to a typical Saturday in December, but "it's a reassuring start" according to Thibault Desmidt, after a month of closure.

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