The president of the Association of Fairs and Markets of the North Region expressed this Thursday surprise and indignation with the possibility that the commerce linked to the distribution could be open and without restrictions of hours, during the period of confinement.
“We are going to analyze the diploma well and see where we should file our complaint,” said Fernando Sá, appealing to the municipalities of the North to suspend, until December this year, the fees charged to marketers.
The Prime Minister, António Costa, announced on Wednesday that Portugal will “return to the duty of home removal” as in March and April, warning that this is simultaneously the “most dangerous moment, but also a moment of greater hope. “.
The fairs will be suspended, starting on Friday, except in relation to the sale of food products.
Speaking to Lusa, Fernando Sá considered that “the situation is very unfair”, because they continue to “favor the large economic groups linked to distribution and small commerce and, by table, the small industries that provide these commercial activities, are harmed “.
“The fairs can only work with food products, having hypermarkets selling everything, that is, they sell in closed spaces products identical to many establishments and the fair’s businesses, which now are not allowed to carry out their activities”, stressed.
He stressed that “if the marketers cannot work, all the suppliers of these marketers, upstream, will no longer have anyone to sell to and everyone will be without income”.
The Association of Fairs and Markets of the North Region represents about 8,000 marketers.
The covid-19 pandemic caused at least 1,979,596 deaths resulting from more than 92.3 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.
In Portugal, 8,236 people died from 507,108 confirmed cases of infection, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.
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